It’s so great to be back in my studio.
I was away for a while, visiting family and friends in New York. I was still working while there (papercutting supplies are easy enough to pack and carry half-way around the world), but without my studio space it felt pretty cramped so I mainly fulfilled orders and didn’t really dedicate enough time to creating new designs. However, before going I completed an interesting custom order. It was for a couple in Mexico who wanted something that was both Jewish, but also inspired by Mexican papel picado (Spanish for “chopped paper”).
There is a papercutting tradition in Mexico, but the technique is quite unique. Instead of scalpels the main tools are an anvil, a hammer, and a chisel. The design is placed on top of large piles of brightly colored tissue paper and chiseled out using tools you would expect to see in a woodworking studio. Papel picado is meant to be temporary decoration. A papercut ketubah, though, has to last a long time, so I stuck with sharp blades and archival papers.
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