Wedding Cake

February 2, 2014 | Filed in:


This papercut was commissioned by an synagogue that wanted to send a thank you to its Kitchen Master when she moved away. She deserved a lot of thanks for her role at the synagogue!

This papercut is based on a photo of a Wedding cake that Nataliya made relatively recently. A beautiful cake! Learn more about the piece here »


2012 – A year of blessing, a Life of blessing

July 3, 2013 | Filed in:


This piece was commissioned to celebrate the year 2012, when significant events happened for nearly everyone in extended family of the person who commissioned it.

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A place for you in my heart

June 22, 2013 | Filed in:


This piece was commissioned by HG as a gift for a couple she married. Read more »


How vast are Your works

November 12, 2012 | Filed in:

The on this piece reads: “Ma Gadlu MaAseh Adonoi, Meod AmKu MaHoshVotecha”, meaning “How vast are your works Adonoi, Your designs are beyond our grasp” and it is from the Psalm for Shabbat. It was a commission from a long long-time family friend for her husband on an important birthday.

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The kind of law enforcement it insists on

September 7, 2012 | Filed in:

This piece was commissioned to be a donation for a silent auction held by the ECCPA, an organization through which citizens support their local police.

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January 2, 2012 | Filed in:

Commissioned by AG and JG for the first birthday of their son Louis, named partially for the great musician Louis Armstrong.

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Two Zebras

December 12, 2011 | Filed in:

This papercut was a commissioned piece. The two zebras are calmly intertwined, each doing their own thing, looking at what’s around them, but not with an absence of passion and tension.

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This is the true joy…

August 10, 2011 | Filed in:

This piece was created as a commission. LR wants to give it as a gift to honor a physician mentor of hers. She chose the quote, which is from George Bernard Shaw and reads “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.”

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H.G. Wells loves him a bicycle

December 28, 2010 | Filed in:

Just finished creating this papercut this past weekend. A friend of mine wanted to commission a piece for her spouse for the ocassion of Christmas, the pending completion of their house-renovation project, and just love in general. They are both avid bicyclists and love a good story.

This quote from H.G. Wells was part of the request: “Every time I see an adult riding a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” It includes 12 es, 7 rs and is, 6 as, 5 ts, and ns, 4 us and os, 3 ds, hs, fs, ls and cs, 2 ys, gs, ms, and ss, and 1 v, p and b. In case you were wondering.

The bicycle itself comes directly from Talia Lempert’s painting of Goldie.

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laser cut papercuts

November 15, 2010 | Filed in:

In preparation for the art fair I’m going to be at on Sunday, I had five of my designs cut with a laser by Pololu. Today, they arrived in the mail. No, you’re not seeing blurry! There are 10 of each in this photo. These will be for sale for the first time ever on Sunday. Soon after, they’ll be available on this website. Each design is a limited edition. Get them before they run out!


Eat Food IV

July 24, 2010 | Filed in:

This is my fourth papercut inspired by the first line of Michael Pollan’s article “Unhappy Meals.”


Lo Alecha II

July 20, 2010 | Filed in:

This is my second piece with the phrase starting “Lo Alecha”. This text loosely translates as “It is not for you to complete the work [of repairing the world]. Not up to you to finish it. But neither are you free to desist from it.” This phrase comes from Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), which is part of the Mishna, the Jewish oral law.


Ayelet Engidawork

February 3, 2010 | Filed in:

This papercut was a gift to friends with a new baby daughter. It’s three-layer – white, maroon, pink. Into the white layer are cut gazelles, the name Engidawork in Amharic, and the name Ayelet Ophira in Hebrew. Into the maroon layer is cut the priestly blessing, given over children weekly.


A Secret Commission

December 23, 2009 | Filed in:

I’m starting research and design work on a secret commision – secret because the people who commissioned it don’t know about it yet! I can’t say much, other than this papercut involves a lot of research into how to spell things in a language I don’t know at all. And the due-date deadline for the papercut is unknown. A fun challenge.


Ani l’dodi v’dodi li

September 10, 2008 | Filed in:

Alison commissioned this piece for her to give to her fiance as a proposal token.

She requested two trees with branches entangled and the words connecting the branches as if spread between the atzim of a torah. Despite a relatively short timeline, I think I came up with a really beautimous result!

The text is traditional and means “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.”

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Dan and Elissa

September 1, 2008 | Filed in:

this papercut has the traditional birkat habayit text along with the hebrew names of my two friends who just got married this past june. this is their wedding gift.

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Chicken Skeleton

August 25, 2008 | Filed in:

Not much to say about this one, other than that I really really like how it came out.

The two-tone works really well here. Also, the grey plays two different roles in this papercut – both as a second tone for the skull and neck, and as a separate part of the skeleton (further away) in the ribs and legs.

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Snake Skeleton

August 18, 2008 | Filed in:

Continuing with last week’s theme (animal skeletons) I’ve cut a snake skeleton this week. It was a rattlesnake … posing curled up, ready to strike. Scary.

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