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.


Feel free to email me with any questions, I'm here to help! woodlandpapercuts@gmail.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ordering a Custom Design Ketubah

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We love our ketuba! Thank you so much for your hard work. We've just had it framed, we have it where we can see it and appreciate it. I bought some flannel flowers the other day and was so pleased that they're featured in our ketuba.

A MODERN KETUBAH is an extremely personal epiphet of a couple's commitment to each other, made to be commemorated and cherished. In the end, it comes down to this: a wedding is a day, but the vows last a lifetime.

There are several ways to enjoy a modern ketubah: penning your own text, personalizing an existing design, or illustrating a design unique to you. As an art piece made to celebrate your fidelity and hung in a place of honor at your home, an affinity to the ketubah itself from the text to the illustration is no minor concern.

Many of my clients choose a custom design for their ketubah, though they don't have a clear concept of what they want. It's my pleasure to guide them through fleshing out their vision and make it a reality.

Custom designs can be anything from depicting a certain place meaningful to you, or a selection of flora & fauna symbolic to you and your family. I have done everything from illustrating a couple's proposal site to wedding flowers.

SO HOW DO YOU GET STARTED? When choosing an artist to create your custom ketubah, you want someone with a style you like, and who has the availability and price range that works for you. To see if I'm a good choice for you, you can browse my galleries, shop, and FAQ pages.

WHEN YOU'VE CHOSEN YOUR ARTIST Contact him/her, introduce yourself, and expand about your wishes & vision for your ketubah. Big detail to remember: your wedding date and location. See if you hit it off. The artist will take it from there, asking you pertinent questions to flesh out your ketubah from concept to a real art piece. If you'd like to work with me, I can be reached via email.

AFTER YOU ORDER Sit back and relax. Your artist will send you updates and previews as discussed, which will free you up for all other wedding preparations. And in a few weeks, one day you'll get a knock at the door and it will be your heirloom ketubah, hand-delivered, Yaaayy!

Good Luck & Rejoice!

IMAGE CREDIT | First two images are of Michelle & Tom Rout's wedding by Lucy Leonardi Photography. See more photos here.
Last image is from Deborah & Ben Friedland's wedding by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

Friday, January 23, 2015

New in the shop

In December I listed three new designs in the shop. Each is machine cut, and further detailed by hand (those tiny details are brutal!). They can be completed fast for those in a time pinch, without sacrificing quality in any way: 

11X17 inches | Your choice of background color

11X17 inches

11X17 inches | Your choice of background color

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pomegranates ketubah | Last one!

11X17 inches | your choice of color background

This ketubah is one of the rare few I have left looking for a home. I meant to frame all my papercut designs up and make a gallery wall in my studio, but then decided it's best to send them off to new homes where they'll be cherished and fulfill their purpose - decorating and enhancing couples' vows of fidelity & love. 

The POMEGRANATES ketubah is one of a select few I have left and the last of its kind. I won't be reproducing this design in this size again. (It's been replaced by POMEGRANATES GARDEN.) As such, it's for sale for a special discount price. Hurry up & claim it before it's gone! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

client photos | An Elegant Southern Wedding

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The ketubah was SO stunning and many people commented how they had never seen anything like it! Thank you for everything and for your gorgeous contribution to our special day. We will never forget it!! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

in the shop | Fast Turnaround Ketubot

Towards the end of my busy season, when I was starting to fantasize about a looong vacation, I decided to list more machine-cut ketubot in the shop. These ketubot are first cut by machine and further detailed by my hand. The machine is a plotter (knife) machine so the cuts won't oxidize (stain) with time. All the small cuts are still made by hand and I go over the papercut carefully to make sure it is of the same high quality of my hand-cut papercuts.

The machine-cutting process thankfully negates the need for advanced booking weeks in advance so these ketubot are perfect for couples who are looking for beautiful heirloom creations on a tight schedule. Now there's no reason to compromise!

There are currently 12 ketubot in this category, which is also enjoying a %25 off sale through December. The designs range from stylized flora to leafy frames, and can be found HERE.

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