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Friday, February 9, 2018

custom | VINEYARD OAK

Alexander and his wife celebrated their first wedding anniversary on September 3rd. By a stroke of genius the first anniversary gift is PAPER, so a few months before Alexander reached out to me to create a special gift for his wife that celebrated their wedding day. He loved the concept of a ketubah as a decorative marriage pledge to grace their family home. Neither is Jewish, but as I wrote before I create wedding keepsakes for all religions and purposes - especially to celebrate anniversaries!

Alexander wanted a design that complimented the beautiful wedding vows that they wrote each other, with elements to represent longevity, stability and bountiful riches, and deep rooted love. Or, in his own words, "We got married under a large oak tree in California's wine country (in Sonoma county), so I was thinking something that included the oak tree, and perhaps some grape vines, in addition to assorted other flowers." The art geek in me just reads into all the symbolism, but it works!

He sent wedding pictures including a wide shot of the oak tree at the foot of which they were married. I was so struck by the beauty of it I decided to make it a central feature and base the entire design around it. After The Heart Tree and California Oak Tree I knew I wanted to papercut the text layer into a "live" tree again - it's so eye catching. I was still mulling over the multi-layered Always & Forever ketubah I created a few months earlier so I really wanted to try a layered design again.
It took three days to complete this ketubah from the tracing to cutting to assembling the layers. It was a bit longer than I expected, but I included a lot of textural details in the design - look at those grapes! - and those take time to cut neatly and correctly. When the layers were done I carefully assembled them together as you can see in the below photo. I used double-sided tape to discretely adhere the layers together across the border and at delicate anchor points so the papercut would still be dynamic but easy to handle. Then on to the final stage of packaging the ketubah to go with a personal note. 
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Friday, February 2, 2018

in the studio | Finger Cushions

As part of my IN THE STUDIO series (see previous post My Tools), here's a PROFESSIONAL TIP for ya'll :

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Friday, January 26, 2018

custom | Chicago Cinema

Grace & Dan wanted a poster size ketubah that celebrated their love story - from Chicago where they met, live, and getting married, through the mountains they passed on their road trips, to the night Dan proposed, they wanted the design to encapsulate meaningful moments in their relationship.

Now I don't make a lot of designs with man-made structures - they specifically wanted landmark buildings of their city - but Chicago does have a great art deco and gothic architecture that tickles the imagination. And once they suggested I incorporate their love of movies in the design (they're huge movie buffs), my mind was filled with early-century movie posters and well, all bets were off! Because truly, if you want to motivate me you just have to whisper Art Nouveau and Art Deco and the design geek in me is all in. To those who are wondering, I used their wedding flowers in the design, and the tree and butterflies are a reference to the the movie The Illusionist which they saw the night Dan proposed (they were engaged at the movie theater!).
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We are BLOWN AWAY - the ketubah is SO completely stunning, everything we ever dreamed it would be and beyond!!
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Friday, January 19, 2018

custom | Gift Papercuts

As wedding keepsakes, my papercut ketubot are often bought as gifts by family and friends of the happy couple. Sometimes, even as a surprise gift by bride or groom to their counterpart (for example, these anniversary ketubot).

In 2017 I had many orders who were purchased by grandparents, best friends, and parents such as Alison - who commissioned a special keepsake for her son and new daughter-in-law's wedding celebration.

James & Melanie were already married in the bride's home country of Switzerland where they both lived, but they were moving back to England and throwing a second wedding celebration. Alison really wanted to gift them with something at their wedding that would represent all that shared history and future. She chose a poem that was meaningful to the couple (and which they asked her to read at the ceremony), and gave me some details about the couple's story and which of my past work she liked and why. Armed with that information I designed this ketubah full of symbolic elements, such as the iconic bridge from their wedding venue, the national flowers of both England and Switzerland, their two cats, a small portrait of their new family home, and yes- that's a small airplane hidden in the foliage (the groom is a pilot)!  Each element has a reason for being there, mirroring the occasion on which this gift be presented to the couple.
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The ketubah was a huge success and the talking point of the day, as well as the following morning, when the whole family met again for breakfast. We put the ketubah on display so everyone could see it and I could explain all the details. 
Thanks again for making such a stunning gift, everyone without exception was amazed at your creativity! It will hang on the wall in James and Melanie’s home as a reminder of a truly beautiful wedding.
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Another commission gift is Aaron's, who wanted a small papercut to fit text he'll scribe himself for his first wedding anniversary (have I mentioned that the first wedding anniversary is PAPER?).  He had a clear vision of what he was looking for, so the consultation was really straightforward. In fact the only difficulty was delivering the finished piece, as they live in a remote region somewhere in the Canadian arctic tundra. I feel like a little piece of me goes with every papercut, so it was quite exciting to me to think a small version of me will go that far! Aaron was ok with waiting, "after all, I stretched out my proposal to my wife over 12 days ... so she can be patient too."

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ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE 
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ALASKAN FIELD
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Friday, January 12, 2018

custom | Stargazing

starry night papercut for Jewish wedding
Josh & Elana reached out to me after they saw the Where We First Met ketubah and other designs I've created, because they liked how I incorporate nature into my work. The two are childhood sweethearts who met at Jewish camp and spent their summers there growing up and falling in love. Yes, just like in a romance movie! They wanted a ketubah that, in their own words, "makes us remember the qualities of camp that we loved and have held a special place in our hearts.They actually had their ketubah all sketched out (a lakeshore at sunset), which made me worry my interpretation would only disappoint. Instead they proved very open to new ideas as long as they captured those ilusive feelings, hopes and dreams that they shared "the first night we spent together star gazing in the grass on the softball field - looking through the trees at the stars."

Once I read those words I could not get them out of my head! That goal of capturing memories, feelings and qualities dear to them -  is something I strive for with all my clients. And the picture they painted in my mind with their words was so lovely, I had to get it out on paper!
studio shot of in progress papercut ketubah Stargazing
Custom designed and cut by Naomi Shiek, 16X16 inches big ketubah for Jewish wedding
papercut ketubah detail shot of starry night design by Naomi Shiek. Papercut tree and stars
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