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H E L L O ! My name is Naomi Shiek (pronounced CHIC).
I've been very fortunate to have my own small independent atelier called Woodland Papercuts. This is my private blog exploring my favorite things in beauty & design.

L E T S__B E__F R I E N D S !
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

quick catch up in 2018

papercut ketubah by Woodland Papercuts. Design: Moon & Flowers
I survived my first 12 hours migraine - YAY! Just wanted to put it out there. I probably deserved it for spending about 2 straight weeks in pyjamas. Good news - I have on real clothes now! So something good came out of it.

I am disappointed with myself that I lost the momentum on social media after I spent weeks in December writing one blog post after another and keeping up with the Johnsons on instagram. I have 2 more scheduled posts on my work blog and then I am all out so I better start drafting new content. It shouldn't be too difficult since I am working on beautiful new designs for clients. I also have about 30 drafts on this blog as well, which has more to do with my unnecessary collection of coats (I do live in the Middle East after all) and my never-ending search for cute shoes (internet shopping has failed me!). But at least I popped over here to throw a line at you about the near-death pain I experienced last weekend, right? Just thinking about it gives me an echo headache, I swear.

Back to papercutting. I can be found on instagram most days if you're wondering, though I can't say I do it well. I'd still love to see you there! Anyone else concentrating on one online domain at a time? Which is your guilty pleasure? 
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Monday, 18 December 2017

in the studio | playlist

Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I play compilation videos of all the Golden Buzzers on the Got Talent shows, and other great surprise auditions (I'm looking at you Susan Boyle!). These acts make me smile and pull me out of the slump, if only for a few minutes - I mean, who can resist smiling when watching Light Balance's awesome dance routine?

When I need to dream up new designs but struggle with concentration, I go for a tried and true music playlist I have, that never fails to get my creative juices flowing. And yes, I sing along!


My playlist is a bit of a mess and lately I jump forward to the quiet songs, but if you want to have a look I go through four separate stages in the playlist:

First, I start with the T-Mobile flash dance and the T-Mobile Welcome Back flash song to get in a positive feel-good-about-the-world mood.

I'm a true believer of life-changing songs, so I love watching successful Britain's Got Talent auditions, like Janet Devlin, Out of the Blue (they're amazing!), and Calum Scott.

Onwards to the professionals for upbeat songs you surely remember from when they were stuck in your head - because I gotta get the manic energy out before I can concentrate, and you haven't had a workout until you danced to Moves Like Jagger, Single Ladies and Shake It Off in quick succession.

Then come the songs I listen to in order to get into the mood for designing new papercut ketubot. Creedence Clearwater Revival's Have You Ever Seen Rain, Ed Shereen's Thinking Out Loud (GOLD!), from Passenger's When We Were Young (they've never made a song that I don't like) to the incomparable Adele's When We Were Young - the fragile, bittersweet songs get me every time.

And if you were just introduced to any new music - YOU'RE WELCOME.


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Monday, 11 December 2017

Often Copied

handmade by Naomi Shiek for a Jewish wedding, traditional design
Whenever I see an artist write about copycats and forgers, I get this ugly feeling in my stomach. I feel angry on their behalf and on behalf of anyone who purchased the fake not knowing what true art they were missing out on. Also, I don't like to see ugliness online (who does, right?). It's why I struggled with posting this. I wrote this post after several of my works copied one afternoon and quickly wrote out my frustration. I've since seen more of my designs replicated and I AM NOT FLATTERED. So I'm going to be a bit negative here, then post some pretty photos. Be warned.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

fashion | More Retro Style

After my post about my trousers, I wanted to share three more bottoms I tried on in my plunge into retro clothing - still no photos of me wearing them though, sorry - which didn't fall into that category. Actually, they're standouts in my wardrobe no matter how you look at it, and I love them for it.

COLLECTIF NOMI SHORTS | the only shorts I'll ever wear. I mean, we almost share the same name, I had to test if we were meant for each other - and I was right! Feels like a corset due to the super high waistline (and functions like one , too!). Note: These are extremely stretchy so you should order a size down and they'll cinch you in with the zipper down the back.

HELL BUNNY SADIE CAPRI PANTS | Like with the shorts above, these pants are a standout choice for me. I never intended to buy any pants that are not full length, but when opportunity knocked I decided why not. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and comfort. As long as I wear them with heels to keep the leg elongated, I am good to go. (Private Sale - bought from @the.elegant.giraffe when she was having a closet sale. Good news, she now has a vintage shop!

COLLECTIF NOMI JEANS | When I saw Collectif had a full-length version of the Nomi Shorts I could not click the 'Add To Bag' button fast enough - and they were part of their massive sale! I love skinny jeans, they work great for me and, and these are SO COMFORTABLE, just like their shorter sister. If I didn't think it was crazy, I'd buy several pairs of them. Again, super stretchy so order a size smaller than your usual.
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