Traditional Beauty of Papercuts and Flowers Ketubah

Posted by on May 14, 2021 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Traditional Beauty of Papercuts and Flowers Ketubah

Everything about this ketubah asks to be examined for its intricacy.  The couple has very specific requests for imagery in the corners, the verse surrounding the central text, specific flowers within the dark blue band, and the papercutting itself.  A piece like this is an engineering experience from the get-go!  What to do first and how to protect the finished areas of the design while painting and cutting other sections.  Notice the delicate text cut into the upper border.  It reads Ani l’Dodi v’Dodi Li – I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.  Verse is taken from Song of Songs and is often prominent in ketubah art when the couple is married in the Hebrew month of Elul since the first letters of each of the Hebrew words spell...

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Papercut Intricacy Circle over Blue Ketubah

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Papercut Intricacy Circle over Blue Ketubah

Papercutting can be a meditative craft, especially when the design proceeds logically but is also new with each cut.  Hours of delicate cutting revealed the shape of the design which was then floated over a painted wash of blues and greens with glimmering touches of gold leaf.  The same blue that was used to create the background was used in the lettering, which always makes for a unified design.

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Philadelphia Cityscape Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on May 11, 2021 in Ketubah Art, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Philadelphia Cityscape Papercut Ketubah

An oak and a maple, meeting at the roots and crowns, nestle both the text and a glimpse of Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River.  Cut from one sheet of paper, of course, this design also acknowledges the meaning of the bride’s surname with almond blossoms in the foreground on either side of the city.  The Hebrew text arching at the top is “Ani l’dodi v’dodi li” – I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.

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Peacock Pair in the Pomegante Tree Ketubah

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Peacock Pair in the Pomegante Tree Ketubah

There was magic afoot when I was able to share the tradition of the goldene pave (the golden peacock), as a symbol of Yiddish culture after learning how deeply connected the bride felt to her own tradition’s veneration of the beauty of the same bird. The three of us worked closely on every aspect of the papercut design you see above in order to bring their desire for a vivid setting of their words to life. Tucked into the center of the document is the Sanskrit, translated into English and circling the...

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Where There is Love Marriage Document

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Where There is Love Marriage Document

A marriage that honors the traditions of Judaism and Greek culture led this couple to incorporate both Greek and Hebrew in the design of this elaborate papercut document. The line, “Where there is love, there is life” appears in the text and has been pulled out to create the design on either side of the text lozenge.  Surrounded by papercut olive branches and a traditional key pattern, the text is centered and floats above a painted background that simulates deep space and the imagery with which we have become familiar by way of the Hubble satellite and others.  Color was most important to the bride and groom, and touches of gold sparkle through the piece. The entire work is cut from one sheet of white paper with the Greek and Hebrew words painted gold on the...

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Delicate Seasons Papercut Ketubah

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Delicate Seasons Papercut Ketubah

The simplicity of this ketubah belies the complexity of the couples’ intentions and the work involved in bringing their vision to life. We began with a request for leafy images of the turning of the season and a very simple papercut design.  After many sketches sent back and forth, we hit upon a design that nests the text in a pattern of abstracted twigs.  The seasons are referenced in tiny buds, opening blossoms, new leaves, and finally aging and falling leaves – only a few for each season.  It’s worth the effort to spot the seasons this way!  The background color took 5 different tubes of paint to mix in order to match the periwinkle blue paint chip that the couple chose.  The background was painted on a stretched sheet of watercolor paper and then the text and papercut image were dropped on top to allow the cut paper to sit a bit...

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