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Thursday, October 11, 2018

client feedback years later

Back in 2013 I created a custom papercut for Eric & Angela's wedding. I think their papercut was the first 16X24 inches big I made? Their ketubah was a modern version in three languages that celebrated the scenic landscape of Texas. Sadly I have no good photos of it (what am I doing here?) but imagine a desert landscape of Texan cliffs, a river snaking across the land, and a great tree.

They were a joy to work with, and left a touching note after receiving the ketubah:

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It is I N C R E D I B L E !!!!
The more Angela and I look at your handiwork, the more we love it (and we thought we loved it before). We are so glad you were the one to make this custom heirloom that will be with us the rest of our lives. Your creativity, artistic eye, and execution of the design is breathtaking. We thank you, sincerely, for how easy it was to work with you as well. The response time, the ease of going through the design phase, and your own enthusiasm in all those steps made it a joy to go through the process with you.
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I recently found an email they sent a year ago (gosh, how time flies!) that made me tear up. As a wedding vendor I send out my artwork to the clients and then rarely hear from them again. That this note came years later is truly unique - and I can't believe I've been doing this long enough to get feedback years later!

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We just wanted to say hi and acknowledge your handiwork hanging on our wall as we have passed it so many times for over three plus years now. On the evening of the wedding rehearsal a car ran through two stop lights and crashed into Angela's parents' car. They were in the hospital and couldn't make the wedding. We ended up going through with the ceremony, not knowing what was ahead. To make a very long story short, we later lost Angela's dad and her widowed mom can't drive but therapy is still improving issues. And now, over 3 years later, the headaches with all the hospitals and collections and insurance and lawyers might finally be coming to a close. I write this because I want you to know that our ketubah has been looked at during many difficult times during the years. We love it, and the message on it would end up being more appropriate and give hope than we could've imagined before the wedding. It is truly our heirloom. The Lord used your skills to bless us and it still does...we pray you are blessed as well!
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To be truthful I am bombarded with humanity's ugliness on a nearly daily basis when I step outside of my studio and this work is a comfort and a boon to me. I had just heard from other papercutters I admire that they would describe themselves as hermits, as do I. I know I need that home shelter. We sit in silence alone and bring forth beauty we hope people will cherish and cultivate in their own homes. It's so humbling and comforting to know that it does.
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IMAGE SOURCE | Photos of Stephanie & Lae's wedding taken by The Spragues. Photos feature the Twin Cherry Trees ketubah, which is available in the shop

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

new in the shop | Starry Night and more traditional designs

There are three new designs in the shop, all derived from commissions I did in the last three years that I kept getting requests for.

B L O O M S  &  B E R R I E S   Two years ago LeighAnn and Isaac commissioned me to create a custom design with a traditional flare that would also fit their extra long text. After deciding the design should include traditional Judaica patterns of pomegranates and berries, along with flowers that included Mackintosh roses as a nod to the bride's Scottish heritage, they opted to enlarge the dimensions to 16X24 inches and really make it shine. I think it worked:
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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! 
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Earlier this year Yael contacted me looking for a version of it to fit her own text & vision. After sitting on these designs for a few months I decided to tweak both versions for optimum broad compatibility and both are now available in the shop! Which would you choose?
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16X24 inches | your choice of colors
(text box length is dependent on your choice of text unless specifically requested)
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S T A R R Y   N I G H T   Following my last post on the STARGAZING Redux I decided to add my favorite version of the design to the shop! Trees, hidden squirrels and magical twinkling stars - who can resist? For this ketubah too I featured some of the changes you can make to the design (and many more are available!) to make it your own.
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18X18 inches | your choice of colors
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J U D A I C A   N O U V E A U   I wrote about this design and versions of it here on the blog many times before. After another request to produce this ketubah earlier this year I decided to add it to the shop as well! No doubts about it, this design is best suited for couples looking for the traditional Judaica design (hence the name), but still has a flare of modernity about it.
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18X18 inches | your choice of colors
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

client photos | Stephanie & Lael

Stephanie & Lael were happily married a little over a year ago. My story with them is a good example of the stress and jitters my clients sometime suffer through in the chaos of their wedding preparations - and how in the end these are no more than little hiccups that are easily forgot once the day passes and they have each other. They don't say a wedding is one of the most stressful events in a person's life for nothing! I always strive to be a calm, patient voice to guide and take care of my clients in the short interactions I have with them, so on the ketubah front at least they can count on having a beautiful art piece that will show up on time, will stand muster with the rabbi, and will grace their homes forever.

Stephanie & Lael ordered one of my most popular designs - TWIN CHERRY TREES (available in the shop)- in a warm colorway to feature their carefully composed custom text. It was a fun quick order and the bride was very happy - they loved the design! - until her groom saw the ketubah unveiled and said he didn't like the colors. Cue panic!

To be clear, mistakes are few and far in between, but when they do occur I never take them lightly. If it's my fault I will refund, send a replacement, or cover the costs of returning-fixing-sending the ketubah back in time. There is that grey area on occasions when clients open their gift-wrapped order and tell me they made a mistake on their text or they don't like the colors they've chosen. I always feel guilty for not reading their mind or just knowing better. I am a classic perfectionist and any flaw is a mortal strike - thankfully with this job I rarely get to feel this way.

I really felt for Stephanie and Lael, two weeks before the wedding and they wanted to know if they could change the ketubah's colors all together! I gave them a price and time quote but encouraged them to think it over. They were stressed and emotional and I was convinced they'll like their ketubah as-is once the wedding fog cleared since they loved the design so much. It might sound presumptuous but in these cases I encourage my clients to look at their ketubah in different light conditions and to place it against the walls in their home to better judge how it will really look in its final resting place. It's amazing the difference a good night sleep or two will have, too. In this case, it helped a lot and after much consideration Stephanie and Lael decided to keep their ketubah in the colorway they originally chose. It was the best decision, as these breathtaking photos show (taken by The Spragues). In fact, their wedding was so beautiful I am tempted to share an inappropriate amount of their photos with you! Instead I'll limit myself to those featuring the ketubah, which colors in the end complimented the venue so well.
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I'm overwhelmed, it's so beautiful. Lael turned to me during the start of the ketubah signing and said “I really like the ketubah” while he started tearing up, which then made me tear up. The ornateness of the design juxtaposed with all the honey tones of the wood table and gave the whole thing this really cool earthy feel, like it combined both our styles. 
Thank you SO much for all your patience and help, you've really been exceptional to work with.
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photos by The Spragues
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Congratulations Stephanie & Lael!
Thank you for choosing the Twin Cherry Trees ketubah 
for your celebration and to display in your home 
for a lifetime to come 
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Monday, October 1, 2018

custom | Floral Chuppah ketubah

Rachel was referred to me by her friends who ordered a ketubah some three years earlier. She wanted a floral design to match her elegant chuppah - a beautiful living structure of delicate blooms and branches. I included her favourite flowers like roses, gerber daisies, and hydrangeas, as well as a monogram of the couple's names. The result - a delicate wreath of blooms enveloping the traditional ketubah text.
Handmade papercut ketubah by Naomi Shiek for weddings
FLORAL CHUPPAH
16X16 inches | Mercury & Charcoal
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Handmade papercut by Naomi Shiek features delicate flowers and blooms such as Cherry Blossom branches, Roses, and Daisies
Handmade papercut by Naomi Shiek features delicate flowers and blooms such as Cherry Blossom branches, Roses, and Daisies
Handmade papercut by Naomi Shiek features delicate flowers and blooms such as Cherry Blossom branches, Roses, and Daisies. Also features a custom monogram
Looking at photos of this ketubah reminded me of other floral designs of similar elegance that I previously made. Which is your favorite?  
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Floral Chuppah
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previous custom designs
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Saturday, September 29, 2018

custom | Field Flowers Lace

Tamar married Eric in an Orthodox wedding (she's Secular) and somehow in the consultation stage this marriage of different traditions, same religion translated in my mind into a mirror design so the ketubah could potentially be viewed top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top and still be the same. The bride was (in her words) a sucker for wild and field flowers so we crammed a lot of flowers in there, along with a few lace flowers from Tamar's chuppah fabric. Honestly, the resulting lush lacey effect was great. I watched a lot of Sense & Sensibility when I was drawing that day. Also, Three Men & A Baby for some reason…

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It’s absolutely lovely! Thank you! We cannot wait until the big day and for us to display it on our wall for the rest of our lives. We appreciated working with you and sharing our ideas with you. It was a real pleasure. Thanks again!
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