H E L L O !
My name is Naomi Shiek (pronounced CHIC).
I create papercut ketubot for private clients in the Nouveau Judaica style.

What is a ketubah, you ask? A KETUBAH is a decorative marriage covenant used and exhibited in Jewish, non-denominational and non-traditional weddings and commitment ceremonies wherein the couple's vows to each other are declared.


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Custom | Talisman ketubah

This was an interesting commission. The whole concept revolves around one element: the bride's Engagement Pendant. Isn't that a cool idea? The bride is a paediatrician and can't wear rings on her job, so her fiancé instead commissioned a custom pendant from a jeweller. This struck me as incredibly romantic!

The groom wanted the Engagement Pendant to feature heavily one way or another throughout their wedding stationery, and when time came to commission a ketubah, he approached me to create a design that would pay homage to it.

At first he wasn't sure if he wanted the pendant to be center stage or nestled among the other elements, so I prepared two previews. I don't do that usually, but I was curious which I myself would prefer. After seeing both design drawings he opted for the latter choice. Mayflowers and anemones to symbolise the Bride's home State and Israeli roots, sunflowers to symbolise the Groom's home state and the Bride's love of sun art, and the Sierra Nevada mountains where their love blossomed - are all included in the design. We chose Midnight Blue and Gold Leaf papers for dramatic effect, and the end result is pretty spectacular!

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TALISMAN
13X19 inches big | Midnight Blue & Gold Leaf
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For more photos of this ketubah & other custom designs go 
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Custom Ketubah | Dreams of India


In January of this year, Mohan & Lauren approached me to create a custom ketubah for them that will combine their Hindu and Jewish backgrounds. They wanted something in the style of a previous commission of mine called LACEY FLORA & FAUNA, but unique to them.

They gave me pretty much free reign, but cautioned that while they wanted motifs that related to the Groom's Indian roots and the bride's Jewish heritage, they wanted to keep them pretty light. We started with a design that was much more floral with a hint of henna motifs mixed in. Funnily enough, after seeing the preview the clients decided a burst of henna art is just too beautiful to pass up! So the ketubah is much more Indian than originally intended, but who can blame us? Amidst the elephants and monkeys we snuck in two cats, if you can spot them;)

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DREAMS OF INDIA
16X16 inches big | Ivory & Brass (metallic)
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For more photos of this papercut ketubah and others go 
HERE

If you are interested in an heirloom papercut ketubah, feel free to contact me for consultation HERE
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Creating a custom ketubah unique to you

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We can not stop smiling and exclaiming how much we love it! It is truly incredible. Every detail is simply beautiful. We really can not thank you enough, we are ecstatic and so grateful to have our hopes and aspirations for our marriage encased in your gorgeous artwork. And thank you again for your kindness and patience throughout the entire process.
(Laura Rubin & Rita Doyle, who ordered a custom ketubah on June, 2015)
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In my previous post on the subject titled ORDERING A CUSTOM DESIGN KETUBAH I gave general guidelines on how to approach a ketubah artist for a custom design. Today I'll be going more in depth describing the design process I go through with my clients and an example of a past order.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tree Ketubot (Part Three)

When I was a child I lived next to a reservation. It was mostly sand dunes, but there were small wooded thickets peppered throughout. The woods were so knitted together, they created a sort of small alcove that was dark and cool and quiet. It was such a contrast from the sun-scorched dunes right outside that it felt like stepping into another time and place. I'm sure my adult self would be horrified of the bugs and snakes that must have lived there, but my child-self, along with my sister, loved it! We pretended we lived in a foreign land, the only two kids around, having to sleep in the trees so the tigers won't get us and forage for food (we also had bags of candy, but we planned ahead). Those small wood groves were a boon to me, and where I think I first fell in love with trees.

It's nice to find couples who also have a kinship with trees. They bring back memories for them, or they represent a place, and event, or a person in their lives. Over the last 4 years I've drawn many trees that meant many things for different couples. You can see a few of them in my previous posts TREE KETUBOT (PART ONE) & TREE KETUBOT (PART TWO). Below are two other examples:

This couple wanted the oak tree under which they'll be getting married to commemorate the event. So if you're ever in Ojai Valley Inn, California - Yep, that's the tree! 
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The light was especially horrible that day, or I was especially bad at taking photos that day - either way I sadly only have these three photos to show this really beautiful papercut. 13X19 inches big, I called it GREEN TREE because the groom's name is Green and it just makes me chuckle. In fact, I like this design so much I'm going to make a few small changes to it and list it in the shop. 
You're welcome! 
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Monday, June 6, 2016

Custom | Our Woodland Scroll

This is a commission from January of 2015. And while it's not a ketubah, it does not stray far: the commission was for a vow renewal ceremony.

The brief was simple: portrait orientation, forest scene, some flowers, and the couple's cat and dog. I made two other versions before the clients chose this, and as always they were right! This is one of those times when I don't know how to name the papercut, so I'm just going to call it Our Woodland Scroll because it's so big in real life:

For more photos of this custom ketubah and others go 
HERE

If you are interested in a custom papercut ketubah, feel free to contact me for consultation HERE
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