This was commissioned as a gift for his parents by Andrew. They went to U of Michigan together, worked at Combined together, live in and love Chicago together, enjoy golfing together, and celebrate Judaism together. This piece has elements of all those shared pieces. This piece has elements of it all. The photo was taken in unideal circumstances, so it looks a bit blurry; the original is sharp!
When I was in Berlin earlier this month, an unknown person (a friend of a friend) let me stay in her apartment while she was out of town. I’ll be framing this papercut and sending it to her as a thank you. It’s a “bless this house” with t-squares, as she is an architect.
This papercut ketubah, which I designed for a couple here in Brooklyn, incorporates a variety of historical, ideological, and family symbols. One member of the couple has irish history, both are associated with the UAW, they love water and earth, freedom, and the infinte. All these ideas are in here. In the final ketubah, of which I do not yet have a photo, the text fills in the four squares. It’s 22 x 28 inches and has a oil pastel background with red oil paint people. More info here…
This commission was for a couple celebrating their 20th anniversary. One wanted to get a gift for the other that was both reflective of her unromantic nature and about a subject she loves. Hence a papercut about the NYC subway. To plan this piece, I researched numerous photos of subway trains so that I could get the details right. Then I put people in the windows.
Began working on this commissioned papercut last night. On Monday, I’d gone through a two-hour ordeal at Kinko’s, trying to figure out a way to get the design, which I created in photoshop printed onto a nice piece of paper. Last night, I found that the “ink” was rubbing off almost like powder! Have to work very carefully. Here’s a brief glance at the begun cut. Can’t say more, as the one of the ultimate recipients is in the dark about this project.
The fourth guerilla papercut is done. It would have been done sooner, but I was sick almost all week and didn’t get much chance to work on it. It’s got the standard birchat for visitors as well as an image of the house that I converted from a photograph I took, shabbat dinner items, and flowery decorations.
This papercut, for two friends, combines Jewish and Chinese artistic ideas. The two people’s names are cut out in Hebrew letters, while their Chinese birth years are represented by the appropriate animals. I used traditional Chinese papercuts as my inspiration for the animals and leaf styles.
It’s becoming a habit, the habit of guerrilla papercutting (two Rs, two Ls, thanks mom). Planning and making papercuts for people who haven’t asked for them and aren’t expecting them. It is a habit once you’ve done three? Well, I just started my third. For a household that contains both Jewish and Chinese tradition, and two wonderful people.
Brenda’s parents will be celebrating their 50th anniversary – fifty years of marriage! – later this month. Brenda and I met and discussed what characteristics and symbols she’d like the papercut to have. Her parents like doing outdoorsy stuff, and they like learning and reading. She found a line from the bible that is appropriate. And I’m working on the papercut! Here’s the album of devlopment.
David finally let go of Jenny’s old Atala road bike; it was sold on ebay for a respectable price. Before the bike gets shipped off, I wanted to capture a sketch of it in watercolor paint. After about a half an hour of picking an angle, I ended up with an almost identical perspective as I took on Roxanne last week! Here’s the whole painting.
I’ve been working on a papercut ketubah decoration for my friends Jenny and David. I finished doing the last few bits of cutting (incl. the cyclist) late last week and presented the finished ketubah to the two of them yesterday at their wedding.
Click here to see photos of the cutting progressing.
I’ve added a new section to the site, highlighting pieces I’ve done on commission. Not all of my commissioned pieces are here, mind you. Just the ones I have web-ready photos for. There are a few more pieces in progress now, which I will of course add when they are done.
Notebooks are now available! I designed two of the covers for Exaclair’s leather notebooks. You can see them on the Exaclair website. The inuksuk (an inuit man-like pile of stones) is printed on the small leather notebook, and the golden ratio spiral is printed on the large leather notebook. You can read more about inuksuk here.