Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Ketubah Art, News | 0 comments


Papercut Roses Ketubah

Entering into a second marriage, this couple was interested in acknowledging their new blended family and chose to represent themselves and their five children with one papercut rose each.   The non-traditional, all English text of this document indicates a direction that some people are taking when dipping into a two thousand year old formula and finding a personal voice.

Papercut art has a long history in the Jewish world, and this use of an Arts and Crafts architectural format and color palette in a meaningful Jewish document is in perfect keeping with the way in which ketubah art has always offered a snapshot of Jewish life set in time and place.  After the design of such a papercut work, the most painstaking part of the execution is in fitting the color behind the piece.  With only thin lines separating segments, the painted colors must be cut and set in on the back of the work with meticulous care.

I work with a wide range of lettering styles (referred to as ‘hands’) in both Hebrew and English.   This had is a modernized form of Carolingian English lettering, which seems to work well with the overall design.

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