Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Ketubah Art, News, Visual Art | 0 comments


While papercutting is a largely universal folk art form, and while Jewish tradition has a rich history of ritual papercuts, the shifting of this craft into 21st Century Jewish expression is extraordinary in its appeal. Based on the clarity of this couple, decisions about the colors, shapes, and overall treatment of the ketubah came together very quickly.  The entire piece is hand-cut from a very sturdy water color paper (which reminded my throughout the cutting that it used to be a tree!), and the background paper is just slightly more off-white, creating the most subtle contrast.  Contrast is more strongly enhanced by raising up the front paper from the back paper by cutting the thinnest slivers of acid-free board and gluing them to the ‘struts’ to elevate the cut surface! The intentional drawing of the eye towards the text is done by subtly cutting the inner rectangle’s lines just a hair thinner than those on the outside, and making the spaces just a bit smaller. The intention is not to call attention to this, but to bring the eye to the text in the most natural way.

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