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
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Accepting Custom Orders from
MAY 15

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!
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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
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Monday, April 3, 2017

custom | California Love ketubah

This commission was a joy. I was getting over a cold and feeling euphoric, the sun was shining, and this client wanted me to draw fruit - YUM! I want to make more papercuts with fruit, it makes me think of sunshine and retro kitchens - anyone else has those associations? I should preface this by saying that I just drank two large glasses of hand-squeezed oranges so I. am. on. the. citrus. wagon!

This order is actually half beach vibe, half farmer's market, total California. The bride contacted me back in November of last year wanting to create a papercut ketubah representing Santa Cruz (where she's from) and Sacramento (where the groom's from). Think of this design as a collection of seashells, wine grapes, lilacs, poppies, oranges and strawberries (oh, how I miss strawberries); A zesty, fresh collection.

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Not only was it joyful planning and designing but it looks even better in person. We love it so much. It is so beautiful and we can't wait to hang it in our new home!
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For more client feedback go
HERE 

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C A L I F O R N I A   L O V E
 go HERE
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Photo credits | All photos but last, credit to Naomi S. | Last photo provided by clients, credit to Hannah Marie Photography.
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

custom | Heritage Twin Trees

In March of last year I received a commission by an Australian couple to create a design that celebrated their love of world travel and their shared history. They had a very specific vision of what they wanted ("Two Celtic Art Nouveau-ish style tyke trees with intertwined branches"), and a list of deeply thought-of symbols dear to them that had to be organically incorporated.

It was a tall order for sure, and if I remember correctly I was sick throughout it, desperately trying to catch up between days spent miserable in bed. This is one of those orders where the final design would have been 100% less beautiful were it not for the clients' feedback and dogged determination to make their vision work. I mean, I am so embarrassed by the first draft that I'm not even going to show you, that's how bad it was. This all made for an embarrassingly slow turnaround, but I take comfort in the fact that in the end we have a beautiful artwork to show for it.
I shared before my process arriving from concept to finished piece in my post about Creating a Custom Ketubah Unique To You. Truthfully, I found the accompanying visual of the inspiration elements and the resulting papercut interesting and surprising myself. For this order the clients wanted to include so many items that hold special meaning and memories for them, from candlesticks to movie silhouettes, it's easy to overlook the text is just as important and had to fit not only the traditional Hebrew and English, but Gaelic as well. This design is a great example of morphing so many ideas and wishes together into a beautiful papercut (with the help of my patient clients). In fact, they wanted so much that the best way to make it happen was to split the design into two papercut layers. I'ts safe to say, the play of overlapping layers only benefited the ketubah.
For more photos of this ketubah & other 
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ruffles Ketubah

Last week a client asked me about a design I originally released in 2012 at the height of the ruffles moment in fashion - which I aptly named RUFFLES (I know, I'm a copy-write genius). Honestly, I cut this design so many times over the years that I fell out of love with it for a while, and it wasn't until this order that I even thought of it! The Ruffles are pretty different than the rest of my collection after all, being inspired by fabric instead of nature-based. Cutting it last week, I recalled the beauty of its tiny layers and promptly decided to relist it in the shop. So thank you Randy!
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RUFFLES
11X17 inches | your choice of background color
(click photo for best resolution)
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I know and fully back in love with this design. I can't stop looking at its shadow play on different backgrounds. Even with my lackluster photography it can't fail to impress! 
R U F F L E S 
is now available in 
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R U F F L E S 
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