Here is the latest completed custom order. It is loosely based on the motifs found in the traditional Mexican folk art of olinàla. It is a ketubah and it is made of five papercut layers. I did this one using both positive and negative shapes. So some are sitting above and others are cut out to show what’s below. I find the way light goes through it very pleasing.

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Here’s a five layer design at the beginning and after completion. It was incredibly challenging to get this one right. It had to be based on traditional Mexican oil painted furniture designs but also incorporate very specific symbols. And instead of oil paint, made of paper.

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I got a custom order request for an Alice in Wonderland ketubah. The couple is having an Alice in Wonderland wedding (I imagine it will be spectacularly amazing). I really enjoyed making this one. I included a few interesting things. The two cameos are portraits of the couple in character. I included the original Tenniel white rabbit to match their invitation cards, and my favorite part was suspending the red painted roses as though they’re floating—they have only three connection points. 

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Free DIY Rosh Hashanah Card!
Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner! I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year, lots of joy, and a prayer for peace in the world. I’m offering this papercut Rosh Hashanah card for free on my website at www.papercutsbyoren.com/downloads/You can download the template, print it out, cut it and mail it to your friends and family. They will appreciate the card even more knowing that you made it yourself. I designed these cards to be easy and quick to cut so that even a beginner can do it. These cards are for personal use only. Please don’t sell them or the templates. All standard non-commercial license rules apply. And if you link to them, please link directly to my download site—don’t share them yourself. 
You can see more of my work at www.papercutsbyoren.com or www.etsy.com/shop/papercutsbyoren

Free DIY Rosh Hashanah Card!

Rosh Hashanah is right around the corner! I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year, lots of joy, and a prayer for peace in the world. 

I’m offering this papercut Rosh Hashanah card for free on my website at www.papercutsbyoren.com/downloads/

You can download the template, print it out, cut it and mail it to your friends and family. They will appreciate the card even more knowing that you made it yourself. I designed these cards to be easy and quick to cut so that even a beginner can do it. 

These cards are for personal use only. Please don’t sell them or the templates. All standard non-commercial license rules apply. And if you link to them, please link directly to my download site—don’t share them yourself. 

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

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.

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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.

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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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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.