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.

Fast turnaround & Ready-to-ship papercuts
can be found in
THE SHOP

Accepting Custom Orders for September
(2 open slots a month)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Custom | Chicago Parks ketubah

for fast turnaround, unique design, 
and the personal touch your keepsake deserves,
go to the S H O P   S A L E 

While the SHOP SALE is still going strong, I wanted to introduce you to Asya & Cathy. They first contacted me last year to create their custom heirloom ketubah. They shared their personal history and love story with me so I may capture it all in the details of the design. Right from the start their warm and gentle spirits poured out of the letters. Asya was one of the most pleasant people I have ever had the pleasure to correspond with!
Chicago plays a major role in their personal lives. It's where Asya grew up and where the two met. It's where they both matured into adults, where they both now live and flourish, and where they will marry. Their wedding venue was at Lincoln Park Zoo under the nature boardwalk pavilion, a favorite date spot of theirs. It's a pretty sweet love story that Asya wanted to honor, especially as Cathy isn't Jewish but appreciates how important that cultural piece of Asya's identity is to her. I hope the ketubah honored it all!

From their first date tulips to the orchid room in the Lincoln Park conservatory, we decided on a design enveloping their wedding vows that will feature all the flowers important to them, some hidden references (can you spot the Chai and the DePaul university emblem?), and their wedding venue. We all became a little bit smitten with the magnificent end result!
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I picked up the ketubah today from the post office and it is just breathtaking. I had tears in my eyes opening it. Your work is stunning and the care you put it to ensure it is delivered with care and delicacy shows. I am just in love. This is going to be such an important element for our wedding and all because of you.
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For more photos of this ketubah & other custom designs go 
HERE
If you too would like to order a custom ketubah, please contact me HERE 
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Announcement | MAY SALE

With the start of the 2017 wedding season, I've decided to overhaul my shop. I usually do this every year in some small way, removing unpopular designs, updating prices, and rewriting shop policies. This year the need for me to review the shop became more urgent a few months back, when Etsy introduced a new tags system that really messed up my listings, and for some reason completely stumped me. *I originally continued this sentence by a rant about my technical diffuculties, but actually today I figured it out, so there - I am not that challenged!* In short, it's time for A SHOP UPDATE!

Given the nature of an independent shop full of handmade art, I am in a unique position to be spontaneous. So yesterday (April 30) I decided I was going to have a sale. A BIG OL' SALE. A sale so big, with so many designs, I had to put the shop offline for the day so I can update all the listings! - THAT'S HOW BIG. Curious yet? I hope you are! NEARLY ALL THE DESIGNS ARE REDUCED IN PRICE! And get this, I plan to keep this sale going until the end of the month!

So if you're in the market for an upscale, quality, handmade ketubah, that is also personalized and has a fast, quick, 3-10 days turnaround - LOOK NO FURTHER! AND -


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Announcement | Open for Custom Design Orders!


I'm happy to announce that I'm officially accepting custom design commissions again!

Months ago I had to take a break from custom orders after I completely burned out. I was constantly sick from one thing or another, and my output went way down. Any creative would tell you that feeling down means creativity goes down, and oh boy it did. If I wasn't bedridden from some mysterious cause, I was so exhausted I found it hard to concentrate. I felt like I let my clients down and could not balance life / work commitments properly. I felt overwhelmed. Something had to give and I decided a break to recharge was in order.

I'm glad to say over the intervening months my health has improved, I got my energy back, and I am confident and excited about the new designs my clients and I will create together this year! To make sure I don't burnout again, I'm going to ease into this with only 2 open slots a month. So, without further ado,

To Order Your Own 
C U S T O M   H E I R L O O M   K E T U B A H
Learn More HERE | Contact me HERE

For previous orders gallery go 
HERE
For previous client feedback go
HERE 
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

custom | Three Barn Farm ketubah

At the same period I worked on the LOVE GROWS ketubah (and another for a couple with the same name - so confusing!) I also did this custom order above for Jason and Laura.

They wanted a design based completely on their wedding venue (we narrowed it down from "themes of trees, nature, fall time, laughter, education, teaching, pumpkins and the arts".) They were getting married in Three Barn Farm in St Louis, Missouri during Autumn, so we came up with a design that represents that romantic rustic feeling of the wedding... in Autumn. Nailed it!

The ketubah is 16X24 inches big and filled with oak leaves, harvest season flora, pumpkins, field mice, and horses. My favorite part is the tree!
To Order Your Own 
H E I R L O O M  P A P E R C U T  K E T U B AH
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

custom | Fruit & Bloom ketubot

After writing about the CALIFORNIA LOVE ketubah earlier this week, I remembered three more commissions I had showcasing blooms. These aren't referencing any specific locations, but rather an atmosphere the clients wanted to achieve.

As always, click the photos for best resolution.
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Oh my goodness - what an incredible job you've done!! I thought I understood from the renderings just how beautiful it was going to be, but in person it is just amazing! Isaac laughed at me because I took pictures for each step of the unwrapping process :) We love it so so very much. Thank you. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you!

~ LeighAnn & Isaac
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For more photos of these ketubot go 
HERE
To Order Your Own 
H E I R L O O M   P A P E R C U T    K E T U B A H
Contact me HERE | Go to MY SHOP
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