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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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sunstone Villa ketubah

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SUNSTONE VILLA
18X24 inches big | Midnight Blue & Gold
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Two years ago I was commissioned to create one of my favorite ketubot to date, which I've named Sunstone Villa.*  
(*I am unfortunately horribly unimaginative when it comes to naming my papercuts. I just draw complete blanks. Any suggestions and ideas are welcome!)

Hildy & Aaron are a lovely couple who wanted a ketubah to celebrate their merging backgrounds and honor their interfaith ceremony. Basically, a great explosion of botany was called for: the Seven Species for Aaron, and flora from the Philippines for Hildy, nestled among flowers symbolising love & devotion. And to make the papercut even more lovely, they asked to include their wedding location - the Sunstone Villa - to commemorate their union. We went through a round of revisions, and the ketubah came out all the more beautiful for it. I especially love the way the villa is peeking out of the roses.

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, November 23, 2015

Custom Order: Flowers & Waves \ Four Seasons ketubah

This is a custom design I made for Randi & Barry back in July of last year. How time flies! The original idea was for a small design that will feature all four seasons, a little nod to the couple's home of New England. After the first draft the couple decided to go with a different concept, without their initials, and with an emphasis on flowers and water. I can only describe it as Flowers & Waves!

This commission is a great example for the evolution a custom order sometimes goes through. It also explains why the turnaround for a custom order is quoted between 3-6 weeks; we never know where the creative process will take us. Often times, my clients can have a hard time verbalizing the vision they have for their ketubah. It's my job to help them through the process, so both they and I understand what their vision is.

With all custom designs I start with questions to flesh out the ideas and thoughts of the clients before they even order. Sometimes though, as with the above ketubah, seeing a preview of the design can make the clients think of a new concept instead. It basically helps them themselves understand, as well as describe to me, what they want. A complete change of heart is not ideal, and can lead to added stress for the bride and groom, but that's why I am here. In the end, there's always a beautiful heirloom artwork to cherish!

For more photos of this ketubah & other incarnations of the design go HERE
If you too would like to order a custom ketubah, please contact me HERE 
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Succulents Garden, A Personalized Heirloom Ketubah

One of the popular designs in THE SHOP, this ketubah is personalized for each couple with their own set of initials. Below are photos and images of previous clients and how they chose to personalize their heirloom ketubah.
Read previous post on
Personalizing Your Ketubah  HERE
If you too would like to order a Succulents Garden ketubah, please go HERE 
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Personalized Baby Name Papercuts in the shop

Believe it or not I have listed a new item in the shop: 
Personalized Baby Name Papercuts!
Feeling like a natural addition to the wedding certificates, these papercuts can also be completely personalized with the color, the baby's name, date of birth, and other details. There are two new Baby Name Papercuts for the little ones: MY DEER & BIRD'S NEST.

There are only 2 papercuts of the My Deer and 1 of the Bird's Nest; they will not be repeats of these, once they're sold they are gone forever. I mean to create new designs in a smaller size sometime next year. Until then, these are the last ones and ready to be gifted!

To purchase these Baby Name Papercuts go 
HERE
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Certificates

Two kind people have asked me to create certificates for deserving people lately, and took me away from the papercut ketubot that have been my bread and butter. Papercutting on a small scale has been a welcome reprieve between large commissions. I admit, it let me catch up on Downton Abbey!
REPAIR THE WORLD
12X12 inches 
Machine cut, embellished by hand.
Made for the Repair the World, a volunteer organization aiming to improve communities using Jewish values and a pro active attitude. 
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TALMUD TREE
12X12 inches 
Handmade
This certificate honoring a couple was presented to them at the annual benefit dinner for the Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia. The brief was to create a design inspired by a quote from the Talmud describing the Giving Tree. A lovely quote on selflessness. 
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