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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Turtle skeleton

August 14, 2008 | Filed in:

While looking through my papercuts from last year, i was particularly struck by the skeletons. i do think that i want to do more papercuts of human skeletons, but for the time being I decided to do a few of animals (this is the first and there’s another on the burner (ouch, that’s kind of the wrong analogy for a papercut!))

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Eliav Zecharia

August 4, 2008 | Filed in:

I designed and completed this papercut over a year ago but am only now posting it. It was a baby present for Eliav. His Hebrew name is Eliav Zechariah, which is at the top of the papercut. His name in Amharic is Tariku, which is at the bottom of the papercut. The text next to the tree is cut out from the dark blue background, revealing a second, light blue background beneath and is the traditional blessing parents say over their children, aka the priestly blessing.

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Brooklyn Bridge IV

July 29, 2008 | Filed in:

Another in a now 4-part series of papercuts on our lovely Brooklyn Bridge.

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Eat Food III

February 24, 2008 | Filed in:

My third papercut inspired by Michael Pollan’s line “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.”

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Nursery Animals

August 30, 2007 | Filed in:

I started making a series of animal art for the nursery. They are kind of papercuts, in that I started with paper and cut it, but I’m using construction paper, not any special kind of paper. Also different from my usual papercuts in that they are very colorful and I haven’t planned them out at all! Almost no drawing; just pick up the paper and cut. It’s been a lot of fun so far. I plan to make three desert creatures next. These first three are sea creatures.

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Brooklyn Bridge III

July 20, 2007 | Filed in:

This is the third in what I plan to be a series of four or five papercuts featuring this bridge.

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Lo Alecha

July 12, 2007 | Filed in:

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.” I had a little adventure with this piece, because I had it completely designed and had already started cutting it when I realized I had a part that wasn’t connected to everything else. Luckily, I realized before it was too late, and implemented a fix.

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Back and Hips

July 5, 2007 | Filed in:

I’m really enjoying these two-paper/two-color skeletons. This is the third one I’ve done and it features the spine and pelvis, with some connective tissue.

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Ketubah – finished

June 20, 2007 | Filed in:

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