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)

Brand new papercut ketubah design up. This one features feathers. 
Why feathers? They are a symbol of faithfulness and virtue. They are one of the most obvious objects to include in a wedding. You can see more photos on my etsy page at:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/171611247/papercut-ketubah-with-feathers?
Or on my website at www.papercutsbyoren.com