With a friendly, patient approach, I am here to answer your questions and guide you through the process of creating a personal keepsake of your wedding, whether traditionalsecularsame sexor interfaith, all faiths are welcome!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

custom | Elegant Garden ketubah

After my latest post featuring a 2-years old commission that included a take on my much loved Twin Trees, (see: DR. WHO WAS HERE, I thought it's only natural to follow up with this much newer order from April of this year. I happened to semi-document the progress of it - I never do this! - so you also get to see glimpses of how I get on in my studio!

Maya first contacted me in March looking for a custom designed ketubah for her July wedding. Unlike many of my custom work clients, she had a clear idea of what she liked and how she wanted the design to be. She was familiar with my previous designs and knew she wanted something flowery with trees. She'd seen my Twin Cherry Trees and Moon & Flowers designs and knew she wanted a two-layers design featuring oak trees and flowers elegantly curving around a text layer. She was really clever and sent me her wedding mood-boards so I'll get her wedding flowers right, and off we went! 

To give you an idea of the process and timeline, Maya first contacted me in late March, and after we cleared the details of her vision she paid in early April to book a custom design slot later in the month. I only do a few custom designs a month (now only two per month) so there's usually a short wait period. It's during this time that I have the clients look over their text options. I always prefer to have a text locked-in before I start drawing as the design's first priority is to accommodate the text. 

The couple chose a Conservative text (learn more about the different text options HERE) and as their officiating rabbi had to approve the text and it took a long while I went ahead and used sample text to draw around. This happens sometimes, but we keep the creative vibes flowing. They received the mockup for their finished ketubah at the end of April. I was a day late because I did a no-no and made two versions of the design. I really shouldn't have sent both, it's my job as the designer to edit everything down to the best design, but on this commission I was torn. In all honestly, I usually make 2 or 3 designs or versions at once - a habit that drives my assistant nuts - hang them all up on the wall and only then decide on which to send. My assistant says it's poor time management and unnecessary stress, but I gotta be me and that's just how I roll:)
Since they didn't tell me their color palette up front, when I sent Maya and her fiancé the two design mockups I also included several color options to give them an idea of the options. There was a bit of back and forth until they chose their favorite, which clearly was the best one. This too is a normal stage of the selection process. Color choice can really change the look and feel of a ketubah. Do you want airy and soft? Dark and moody? A splash of colors or monochromatic harmony? The impact of colors is huge! Below are (a few) of the options the couple received. Which would you choose? 
Once they'd approved the design mockup and paid the second half of the custom order, I went ahead and STARTED CUTTING! This is my favorite part, but not one without its hiccups. For example, check me out in the photos below putting the finishing touches to the two papercut layers and then realizing I cut them wrong - and they don't match! Had to draw & cut the second layer again (which took three more days) but no matter. That's what sleep deprivation will get ya. I completely sympathize with The Block contestants, and I'm not even doing any physical labor! (Seriously, have you heard of The Block? It's the best game show on tv!) The clients received their heirloom ketubah by June, the entire process taking a little over two months from first contact to delivery. 
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The finished result encapsulates everything the couple wanted from their ketubah, a souvenir of their wedding and an artwork to grace their home for the rest of their lives!
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

in the shop | Lake View Forest

Thanks to the nature of my handmade work I often get customization requests, from changing colors to adding monograms to drawing additional layers. I'm excited to share a few of the incarnations of one of the most popular designs in my shop - LAKE VIEW FOREST!
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We started our ketubah search sure we would have to settle for something "off the rack." Being able to customize both the text and the artwork was incredibly meaningful to us. We are in the last big push of planning our wedding and this provided an opportunity to think about what getting married (not just the wedding day) meant to us as a couple. We are so impressed at how quickly you worked and how willing you were to work with our ideas. Thank you again for your hard work, patience, understanding and care you put into every part of the process! We will treasure our ketubah always!
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Naomi was wonderful to work with. She gave me and my partner the time we needed to customize the text we wanted, and within 24 hours of submitting the final version, she made a template for our review. And then within a week, she had completed the Ketubah! I am beyond excited about how beautiful it turned out; Naomi created such a gorgeous and meaningful piece of art. Thank you!
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It truly captures the look of where we have chosen to be married - outdoors, surrounded by the mountains, and near a lake. So many thanks!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

in the studio | Behind the WP name

Aeolidia is a branding studio that I was introduced to years ago and they are undoubtedly my gold-standard for everything brand-related. They are a fully-custom studio that turns words into actions specifically for boutique-style creative businesses online, and I'm in awe of all they can do. More than that, Arianne (the founder) shares a lot of her wonderful knowledge on the Aeolidia blog.
Last week I was having a read online and - you know how you fall down those rabbit holes? - I can't explain how but I found myself on Aeolidia's blog. I started reading through all her posts last week and haven't stopped since. All her thoughts and recommendations and ideas and encouragements are really resonating with me. I feel like I have a flame under me now (however small it is).

I wrote more about it in my personal blog 

One of the most important Ah-Ha! moments for me was realizing I should be more transparent, and have a personable voice on my site. I erroneously thought that I should not have 'me' on the blog. Just write about the papercuts I do. As a result my blog became a really boring space. No sense in denying it, I am aware. Beautiful papercuts for sure, but with nothing personal to add to them, my updates became little more than the photos. In deciding this I forgot that part of my brand's appeal is the handmade, artisan concept of it - and that I shouldn't remove the artist from the craft. I know that when I look at artisan shops I want to see the artist and learn about their studio as well as the product they sell. It's adde value. So now I'm working on getting back to it.

I'm reintroducing myself, and I'm starting from the beginning. I picked up the idea for this post from Besotted - who wrote about how they came up with name to their new venture. I think the thought process is really interesting, and I wanted to share my own process of naming my studio with you - WOODLAND PAPERCUTS by Naomi Shiek.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

What's coming out of the studio lately....

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 MAPLE LEAVES
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 OUR MORNING GLORY
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 POPPY FLOWERS
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Friday, September 15, 2017

custom ketubah | Mehandi Dreams

Krupa contacted me earlier this year to create a ketubah for her Interfaith Wedding to Daniel, after seeing photos of the Dreams of India ketubah (FEATURED HERE). They were looking for a ketubah that would lovingly represent their combined Hindu and Jewish heritages, as well as cheeky hints to their own shared history - Can you find the mascot for Wisconsin Madison Uni? 
I had a lot of fun with this, using the gorgeous Mehndi designs and Tree of Life to seamlessly incorporate elephants, their dog, their engagement spot, and more! 
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Congratulations Krupa & Daniel!
Thank you for choosing me to create a unique heirloom ketubah 
for your celebration and to display in your home 
for a lifetime to come 
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