Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts | 0 comments

The bride and groom approached me with a desire to develop an elaborate and meaningful papercut design for their ketubah, and with just that much information and their short list of images – calla lilies, menorah, chai, a tree of life symbol, their Hebrew names, and a passage from Song of Songs – I set to work!  I chose a domed shape for the text and a curved top to the entire piece to soften the look, as well as to connect to some historic ketubot, and tapped some traditional patterns from Arabic tilework as the lacy network to hold the papercut together.  Hours and hours of cutting, and about two dozen blades left me with a happily tingling forefinger and a carpet of confetti!  The couple chose to frame the ketubah by first mounting it on museum grade (non-reflective) Plexiglas, for the ceremony, that will eventually give the impression that the papercut ketubah is floating above the backing mat once the framing is complete.

The lettering around the perimeter reads, “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li” in Hebrew across the top, and the English translation, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” wrapping around the bottom.  On either side are the bride and groom’s names in Hebrew.  The engineering challenge in crafting a papercut is to make sure everything stays attached, so particular care is taken to plan connections before a knife touches the paper.

Calla Lily Papercut Ketubah




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