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Monday, May 27, 2019

custom | Florence In Love papercut ketubah for a destination wedding in Italy

Detail of a custom papercut ketubah made to commemorate the destination wedding to Italy. Woodland Papercuts by Naomi Shiek
Even intimate celebrations are worthy of a cherished artwork to commemorate them. Such is the case with Alexandra & Shawn's destination wedding to Florence, Italy.

Alexandra was not my usual client as she wanted me to emphasize not nature but rather the spectacular man-made structures of Florence, Italy - namely the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. From my past work you'd assume this is not in my wheelhouse, but now, Florence is my dream vacation destination! I'm an art history buff and the Italian Renaissance is my favorite art era so I understood why she wanted to feature them in her ketubah. I knew these buildings would carry my handmade style well and I was thrilled to have this little bit of Italy in my studio!

As with all custom orders, we delved deeper into the couple's vision for their ideal ketubah. After our 1-on-1 consultation we added more elements to the design: like the statue garden of the Four Seasons Hotel they'll be married at, the logo for the local restaurant where they'll be having their rehearsal dinner, the couple's initials, the bride's flowers, and the lace pattern of Alexandra's wedding gown. All in a white and gold color scheme worthy of a Medici. Or at least a modern descendant:)
Handmade custom papercut artwork, this papercut ketubah was commissioned for a destination wedding in Florence, Italy.
13X19 inches | Ivory, Gold Leaf
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Handmade papercut wedding art; a papercut ketubah made to enshrine the couple's wedding vows to each other as a wedding gift.
My favorite detail of the design is the gate peeking from the tree foliage, which is the central gate in the hotel gardens. That's just the illustrator in my, though. The design went though several variations in my studio because I couldn't decide on the placement of the structures - each is such magnificent masterpiece in itself! But I made it in the end and sent it to the client who luckily quickly approved of my choice.

Because the ketubah will be flying from the US to Italy the bride asked me to have the text layer separate from the papercut layer, a request which also informed the design I created. It's sad for me that the entire piece will not get to bask in Italian sunshine, but no-checked-luggage is always best. 
Handmade custom papercut gift for destination wedding to Florence, Italy. By Woodland Papercuts by Naomi Shiek.
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Monday, April 22, 2019

client photos | Orchids papercut ketubah for an elegant wedding

Handmade papercut ketubah for Jewish weddings by Woodland Papercuts. All the way from Israel to the US. Bespoke ketubah made fast and easy. Photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography.
____________________ F E E D B A C K ____________________
I am obsessed with our ketubah
____________________ C O U R T N E Y &  S A U L ____________________

Courtney & Saul's ketubah order was very straight-forward. They opted for the easy, no-fuss route of choosing one of the bespoke designs from my shop - the ORCHIDS

A quick consult with me on the color options (mockups included!), and the couple chose the Orchids in timeless ivory and silver. They also provided their own Egalitarian text for the ketubah, which I personalized with their details and font choice. A quick proofreading by them and off their ketubah went. Four days later they had it in their hands! 
Handmade papercut ketubah for Jewish weddings by Woodland Papercuts. The bride and groom's marriage vows to each other are declared and signed in front of witnesses. Photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography.
Courtney & Saul proudly displaying their handmade papercut ketubah by Woodland Papercuts. The Jewish wedding tradition of commemorating for prosperity the couple's marriage pledge to each other. Photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography.
Courtney & Saul's elegant wedding was featured on the wedding blog Smashing the Glass. They read their ketubah aloud to their guests, so this cherished handmade artwork will undoubtedly always evoke those heartfelt memories for them.
Handmade papercut ketubah for Jewish weddings by Woodland Papercuts.Seen in this elegant Jewish wedding. The Signing Ceremony is when the wedding vows are read and signed in front of witnesses to cement the marriage pledge. Photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography.
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The handmade papercut ketubash is displayed under the chuppah in Courtney & Saul's elegant Jewish wedding. Photo by Vivienne Tyler Photography.


Monday, April 15, 2019

custom | A Ride To Remember

Even though my work is very crafty and old school - there's no machine cutting these papercuts for me! - I do rely heavily on technology for my business. All my clients are from overseas after all! But man oh man, the magic of the internet escapes me sometimes. For some reason every year or so I suffer through a mysterious bout of disappearing emails and bad connection. It always takes me a few weeks to realize the dearth in customers isn't a natural occurrence and then I scramble to make heads or tails of what's happening. It happened to me again over the holiday season and the start of this year, but this time I solved it with some coding mumbo-jumbo and managed to recover at least 2 weeks of emails (older ones were gone for good, sadly).

This commission here fell victim to that internet void, but luckily Zan believed in me enough and persisted through network glitches and missing emails to share with me her vision for the ideal wedding keepsake and cherished artwork.

S I D E N O T E | It came out so well. So please don't give up on me if I fail to reply, I lost your email and can be reached over on instagram and etsy!

Every time anew I am humbled by the trust and respect clients put in me to commission a wedding art piece that will not only stand in a place of honor in their homes, but in their hearts as well. There's a special kind of power in that artwork, which I feel comes from the shared affinity I and my clients have for Mother Nature. Its regenerative powers of healing and hope go hand in hand with that of Love, and what I strove to convey with this design of an idyllic view.

From the pinterest board (I should recommend more clients make these!) I knew Zan & Daniel were looking for a 16X24" big design in golds and greens that will have the atmosphere of scenic bicycle trails and specifically feature windmills, cherry blossoms, peonies and field flowers, Oregon mountains view, a violin, and pomegranates. For further inspiration I used the verse they asked to include with their text, which is not the usual verse people ask for but one that exemplifies Zan & Daniel's awe and respect for nature so well:
"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;"

After I finished drawing the papercut I decided adding colors to the leaves would really make them jump off the paper, as it were - so I spent a few hours assembling these like a puzzle underneath and over each other. It was strangely therapeutic, and the impact of the different golden shades shimmering in the sun cannot be disputed!

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