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
THE SHOP

Accepting Custom Orders for October
(2 open slots a month)

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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For more photos of this ketubah 
GO HERE
For more photos of other custom orders
GO HERE 
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H E I R L O O M  P A P E R C U T  K E T U B AH
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Monday, September 11, 2017

custom | Vintage Love Party ketubah

Back in September of 2016 (how time flies!) Ilana commissioned me to create a ketubah to fit her vintage romantic wedding theme. She sent me photos of her wedding invitations, flowers and decor. Think awesome flowers, hot air balloons, light strings and Japanese parasols on the ceiling.
To me, this mashup of vintage, Japanese, romantic kitsche is immediately associated with steampunk cartoons! (I grew up on Japanese animation series like Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, TaoTao, Little Mrs. Pepperpot and.... I'm just going to stop right here) How does it all connect? Who knows, the creative mind is a wonderful place. So, I decided on drawing blooming flowers, flaying cranes, and a dog sailing in a giant hot air balloon - because the cuteness! The finished ketubah is elegant & fun - a perfect accompaniment to Ilana & Michael's wedding!
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Congratulations Ilana & Michael!
Thank you for choosing my ketubah for your celebration 
and to display in your home for a lifetime to come 
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For more photos of this ketubah 
GO HERE
For more photos of other custom orders
GO HERE 
To Order Your Own 
H E I R L O O M  P A P E R C U T  K E T U B AH
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Friday, September 8, 2017

in the shop | Succulents Garden papercut ketubah

Find previous posts on
This Ketubah  HERE
Find more photos of
This Ketubah HERE 
To Order Your Own 
S U C C U L E N T S   G A R D E N   K E T U B A H
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

custom | Dr. Who Was Here

I realize I hadn't updated the blog for months, so I went through my unedited photos folder and found so many designs I forgot to post! This is one of them, and I can't for the life of me remember why I shelved the photos - Guys, it has the TARDIS!

Elizabeth & Leah reached out to me more than 2 years ago to create a ketubah that will reflect them in all their elegant, playful, fannish glory. When they pitched the idea, the first element they mentioned was that the Tardis had to be hidden in the design somewhere. They also wanted a take on the Twin Trees design with Dogwood tree and Norwegian Pine tree on either side to symbolize them, to join over the text in an arch with a selection of their wedding flowers at their roots - oh and their pets! They sent thorough reference photos and I started drawing!
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DR. WHO WAS HERE
16X16 inches big | Polvere & Brass
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 When I can papercut trees, especially ones with a great thick twisted trunk like the dogwood, I am happy as a singing bird. Liz & Leah made a great color choice - look at that metallic shine! - and without much ado they received their ketubah with days to spare! 
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Congratulations Elizabeth & Leah!
More than two years have passed since I had the honor of creating your heirloom ketubah. 
I hope the love and devotion shining in the work held you strong through thick & thin, and that you're still watching Dr. Who (a female doctor! Who'd have thunk it?!). 
I sincerely 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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For more photos of this ketubah 
GO HERE
For more photos of other custom orders
GO HERE 
To Order Your Own 
H E I R L O O M  P A P E R C U T  K E T U B AH
Contact me HERE | Go to MY SHOP
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Custom | Chicago Parks ketubah

for fast turnaround, unique design, 
and the personal touch your keepsake deserves,
go to the S H O P   S A L E 

While the SHOP SALE is still going strong, I wanted to introduce you to Asya & Cathy. They first contacted me last year to create their custom heirloom ketubah. They shared their personal history and love story with me so I may capture it all in the details of the design. Right from the start their warm and gentle spirits poured out of the letters. Asya was one of the most pleasant people I have ever had the pleasure to correspond with!
Chicago plays a major role in their personal lives. It's where Asya grew up and where the two met. It's where they both matured into adults, where they both now live and flourish, and where they will marry. Their wedding venue was at Lincoln Park Zoo under the nature boardwalk pavilion, a favorite date spot of theirs. It's a pretty sweet love story that Asya wanted to honor, especially as Cathy isn't Jewish but appreciates how important that cultural piece of Asya's identity is to her. I hope the ketubah honored it all!

From their first date tulips to the orchid room in the Lincoln Park conservatory, we decided on a design enveloping their wedding vows that will feature all the flowers important to them, some hidden references (can you spot the Chai and the DePaul university emblem?), and their wedding venue. We all became a little bit smitten with the magnificent end result!
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I picked up the ketubah today from the post office and it is just breathtaking. I had tears in my eyes opening it. Your work is stunning and the care you put it to ensure it is delivered with care and delicacy shows. I am just in love. This is going to be such an important element for our wedding and all because of you.
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For more photos of this ketubah & other custom designs go 
HERE
If you too would like to order a custom ketubah, please contact me HERE 
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