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Saturday, December 8, 2018

custom | The Blessings Tree

Lisa & Marshall wanted a design that married her love of tranquil nature with his wish for a vibrant Jewish style. She likes organic, subdued designs, he likes colorful and lush designs. My challenge was to come up with a comrpomise that would appeal to them both.

The design is purely symbolic for the couple. As Lisa wanted a no-fuss design, everything featured within had to hold meaning for the couple. I knew I was going to do a reference to Hanukkah as they were getting married on the eve of the holiday, so I hoped it will satisfy Marshall's wish for the Judaica style. I turned to the Bible for nature references that will appeal to Lisa and fit within the nature-theme, as well as connect back to Israel for Marshall. Bonus: the elements will symbolize all the principles for a loving union and work kabalah magic to strengthen their bond!
I made two versions eventually. The first papercut design featured the miraculous oil lamp of Hanukka (hope & resilience), from which a symbolic tree of blessings bloomed forth with the strong-rooted trunk of an olive tree (peace and health), the twisty, graceful vines weighted by grapes (love and fertility), and cascading blossoms of figs (prosperity and modesty).
Their feedback was that it needed to be more colorful, and they wanted to get rid of the oil lamp and replace it with a big menorah. I decided to alter the design to a frame of leaves and fruit so the combination of the different trees (and values) will be even more seamlessly organic. A few more mockups to tweak colors and the new design was approved - my most colorful papercut yet!
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THE BLESSINGS TREE
13X19 inches
Mercury | Midnight Blue | Moss | Fir | Olive | Copper | Super Gold
My Most Colorful Papercut Yet!
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All the colors in this papercut are made of different layers. Assembling everything together was an unusual experience for me, it felt almost like piecing together a puzzle! It was labor intensive - I think it took about 6 hours all together - and it's not because I work slowly! I thought it would go much quicker, honestly, which goes to show that after 7 years every commission is still a unique experience. 

The photo to the side was taken pretty late at night - maybe early morning? - when I was finally finished and tiredly packing the ketubah for pickup the next day. I was sad to see it go. Also, I clearly work nights pretty often, you can see I have another papercut on my desk in the beginning stages, and a movie cued up on screen.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

custom | Tropical Bouquet

As winter is settling in and the year is drawing to a close, I'm looking back on commissions from this year that speak of warmer weather. None do so quite like this one, which just about shouts 'summer' to me.

Amelia commissioned me to create a papercut ketubah for her and Harrison that reflects their theme of a tropical beach wedding. They specifically wanted lots of flowers, and as they were getting married in Key West, Florida, I piled on the flora! Garden Roses, Anthurium, Ranunculus, Vanda Orchids, Peonies, Sophronitis, Hibiscus, Morning Glory, and Monstera Leaves, all play a part in their wedding decoration from the invitation set to the bride's bouquet, so I had a lot to draw from. The color palette was soft blush and light gold, like sunset.

To be honest, I didn't think I'd post about this commission. The clients were lovely and the design process went smoothly so I have plenty of photos but little to write about. I have no anecdotes to share other than that both the bride and I were tickled about the idea of including flamingos. There are three of them nestled in the design, if you can spot them: one for the bride, one for the groom, and one for good luck:)
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TROPICAL BOUQUET
18X18 inches | Blush & Light Gold
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Friday, November 16, 2018

custom | Torrey Pines Park

From the start Elana & Gregg knew they wanted a multi-layered design in their wedding colors of greens, blues and golds, in an off-center layout. They were looking for something with trees and the ocean. After discussing the design they wanted I knew that I'll be using more than my usual 2 papercut layers to deliver a magnificent ketubah. Six (6!) layers in total make up this 16X22 inches papercut that depicts a scenic beach view of their much-loved Torrey Pines Park spot.

We started with a beach scene at sunset, but the design also features myriad of other elements big and small that symbolize different aspects of their life. For example, the lighthouse where they met, My Beloved verse, a hidden golf player's silhouette, and one detail that only they will understand is the golden book open on the sea-waves.
 
 
 
We tried many color combinations before they decided on their color scheme shown above - here are four examples. Which would you choose? (click images for bigger sizes)
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Friday, November 9, 2018

custom | Fairy Garden

Janessa & Scott wanted to get married in their backyard under their willow tree. Small but untamed, it's been a playground and home base to their dog and daughter, a myriad of wildlife, and the ever secretive fairies. Yes, fairies! With tiny houses!

When Janessa first contacted me she described my papercuts as "lovely and whimsical, like a peaceful dream." I hope she feels the same about her own special ketubah; I certainly do!

After getting their vision for the ketubah it wasn't hard to whip out my pencil and draw a summer garden design overflowing with fairytale magic that features butterflies, gentleman toads, owls, turtles, and hedgehog families, to name but a few. I even have their daughter climbing the willow tree. It's one of those fun papercuts where the more you look at it the more details you find hidden in the local flora that fill up the design.

I think it took me a full week to cut once the design was approved, if I remember correctly. I kinda dragged my feet because I enjoyed it so much. Did I watch Fantasy movies while working? Ya bet I did!
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FAIRY GARDEN
16X24 inches | Polvere & Pearl Grey
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Friday, November 2, 2018

custom | Starry Desert Nights

Farryn & Jake came to me with a mood board of their wedding and asked me to create a ketubah to match. They were incredibly organized with reference photos and synopsis and all I had to do was use my imagination and skill to translate all that into an artwork that will hang in a place of pride in their home. No biggie!

Sand dunes and cacti, a starry desert night framed by lattice decor of traditional desert cultures, this papercut feels like it could have framed poetry. Is this an elegant design befitting 1,001 Arabian Nights? You be the judge. I ended up doing several versions before the client settled on this one, which I think is the prettiest. I was fortunate I had a last sheet of tan paper to make up the dunes, and several shades of shimmer paper to choose from for the monochrome desert color palette the bride was looking for.
Handmade papercut for a Jewish wedding celebration. The wedding vows are framed by the original papercut design of Arabian Nights.
Stars and Desert Dunes in a sandy color palette
Golds & Browns reflect the sun hitting the sandy papercut ketubah
Handmade modern papercut ketubah designed & cut by Woodland Papercuts for a Jewish wedding celebration in the theme of Arabian Nights - Golds, Sand Dunes, Camels and Cacti.
modern ketubah
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