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.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Metallic Gold ketubah & client photos

A few months ago I took on a commission for a bespoke ketubah from the best couple. They were so sweet! Daniel & Leah wanted a great big ketubah featuring the Seven Species (wheat, barley, grape, fig, pomegranate, olive, and date). The 20X20 inches big papercut was paired with a hand-painted metallic gold background and color text printed on cream paper.

Two additional mini versions of the ketubah, with the sweetest personal thank you letters written by Leah & Daniel, were made for the couple's parents as well.

The couple's vision for their ketubah was quite clear, though it did go through a few minor changes until I got it just right. They were awesome and gave me lots of feedback. The whole process took just over three months, including the month they had to wait until I had an opening and could start drawing (usually I'm booked 1-1.5 months ahead). In case you were wondering, this is how I send a sketch to clients to show them how their ketubah will look.

This ketubah really got under my skin, or rather Leah & Daniel did. During our correspondence they included a link to their wedding website, and that's when I realized I'm a soft, cuddly romantic. I dare you to browse it and not get emotional! I usually play romance movies like Love Actually and Pride & Prejudice when drawing papercuts (I keep the action classics like Die Hard and Lethal Weapon for when I cut the papercuts), but this time thanks to the clients' great taste in music I had a great soundtrack from their personal website to accompany me through the nights. And yes, the music is playing now as I type this!

Feedback from Leah & Daniel Resier:
Naomi Shiek of Woodland Papercuts is nothing short of magnificent. Not only is her work exquisite but she is an absolute joy to work with. The thought and care she puts into every design element from initial sketch to final cutting and painting shines as an example of true and generous artistry. We have been extraordinarily blessed to have Naomi create an exquisitely beautiful bespoke ketubah that will hang in our home for the rest of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Thank you so much for the opportunity, Leah & Daniel!

{You can view more of this ketubah here and in these gallery pages}

Images source | ketubah photographed by me ; Wedding photos by Nataschia Wielink

1 comment

  1. Absolutely beautiful work! And such a cute couple!


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