New Papercut Ketubah Custom Order

I recently did this custom order. It’s a papercut ketubah. The instructions were a bit open to interpretation so I tried a bunch of different things, including the couple’s portrait among other things. 

The original design was a polygon that looked just about circular, but in the end we ended up going with a dome shape instead, which is very striking and a lot more interesting than a circle.

This ketubah is about 25” across, so it is BIG! 

Registration was a big issue when designing this. Because of the large size, there’s no room for any errors because even one eighth of an inch causes a chain reaction that makes the entire design fall apart. I had to be very careful cutting between layers.

The best part was that the couple was a pleasure to work with. All their comments were very smart, well thought out, and helped guide me toward making something abstract in their minds into a real object.

You can see more of my work on my website at www.papercutsbyoren.com or on www.etsy.com/shop/papercutsbyoren

New designs.

One is an adaptation of a custom design I did a while back for a couple in Colorado. I simplified the colors, removed the dog, and extended the text area dimensions in order to make room for text given the smaller overall dimensions. I had to redraw most of it, but since the basic layout was already done, it was a simple thing to do.

The second one is an abstract multi-layer design, which is very versatile both because it is completely gender-neutral and also because it can support a palette of 64,000 different color combinations.

And the third one is a very modern minimalist layout that also contains vague echoes of ancient Asian influences (a little bit of Indian and a little bit of Japanese). On top of it all, I ran across this really great paper I will be finding new uses for. It’s silvery with a beautiful grooved texture. I included a close-up so you can see what I mean.

If you want to see more of my designs check out:


www.papercutsbyoren.com
or
www.etsy.com/shop/papercutsbyoren

 

This one is composed of a large number of stacked layers. The dimensions were 18”x24” and with that amount of paper it was surprisingly heavy and felt very robust once assembled.

Check out other designs I made at:
www.papercutsbyoren.com
www.etsy.com/shop/papercutsbyoren

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.

You can see some of my other work in either:


my etsy shop at
https://www.etsy.com/shop/papercutsbyoren



or at my website at 
www.papercutsbyoren.com

Brand new designs just went up on etsy. Soon I will also post some photos of some custom orders I worked on recently. They took up a lot of time, which is why I haven’t posted in a while.

Check out more of my designs on my website at www.papercutsbyoren.com

Made In Magazine ran a feature about me and my work. If you want a glimpse into my life and work, this is the place. I definitely overshared a bit.

It’s a very flattering review and it really made me smile when I read it.

There has been a lot of interest in my work even though I primarily make ketubahs and Judaica so I decided to start making affordable papercuts that have would appeal to everyone. This is the first ACEO I put for sale in my Etsy shop at:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/172336092/aceo-miniature-papercut-two-fish-limited

It is a limited edition papercut. I will only make 25 of this design - each one signed and numbered. Once the 25th is sold, that’s it, the design is retired for good. 

Some of you are already familiar with ACEOs. For those who aren’t, an ACEO is a collectible work of art that must conform to set dimensions of 3.5”x2.5”, which is trading card sized. With papercutting this poses a particularly interesting design challenge because the space is very small and most of the paper is cut away, leaving a tiny framework behind. I really enjoyed working with this constraint.

I will post more designs as they become available, and you can also check my website at http://www.papercutsbyoren.com to see my other projects.

(Source: papercutsbyoren.etsy.com)