About a month ago I got a special order request. Special orders come up once in a while when someone likes my work or my style but has a very specific idea about their ketubah. I try and work with them whenever possible. This request came from a bride in Vacouver who had an image very close to her heart. Her last name (used with permission) is Ames and her fiancé’s last name is Apple and to propose he commissioned a sculpture from a local Vancouver artist to depict their two names embodied. What the artist came up with was an apple with a bullseye painted on it and an arrow pierced through it. Very romantic, right? The bride wondered if I could somehow incorporate that image into one of my ketubah designs.
I originally thought that any design depicting a tree could easily incorporate the apple as an element and I painted a little version of the sculpture and tried it out. It worked ok, but I thought we could do better. I was quite pleased (if I do say so) with the way the painting turned out and thought it was strong enough to stand on its own. I tried out a very simple layout with just the one element and a column of text and here is the result.
I was so pleased with the cleanliness and graphic starkness of the ketubah that I wouldn’t be surprised if this new look might be part of the New World Ketubah repetoire very soon! (hint, hint!)