Ruth Mergi Ketubah Circles Multilayer

The Persian

I am VERY excited to introduce a new ketubah design today.

Behold... The Persian!

This one is especially satisfying for me. It's been a LONG time coming.

You see, I first started work on this design about two years ago. That's 2013, folks.

Back in 2013, I was still figuring out how to use Adobe Illustrator. I can't quite remember where I found the pattern, but it seemed like a perfect test case for me. I had no idea what I was doing, but somehow I made it work. Here's the first rendering of the Persian pattern, from way back when:

We'll leave aside for now that the interlacing lines don't quite interlace properly -- in the end I used a solid line anyway. But I loved the pattern, and it's always satisfying for this old dog to learn new tricks.

It tiles beautifully, too.

Lovely, right?

The trick was using the pattern to develop a beautiful ketubah design. And that, my friends, is where the intervening years come in.

I wanted a symmetrical design with a nicely-shaped area in the center for the wedding vow text. I wanted pleasing, cut-able proportions that formed part -- but not the whole -- of a gorgeous ketubah design.

I tried. I really did.

Nope. Not it.

Not it either.

I tried painting the pattern to see where that would lead me.

Nope. Not it. Definitely not it.

At this point I'll spare you the tens of drafts and attempts. Suffice it to say that the vast majority of what I attempt in the studio does not work. Just, not at all.

In truth, my studio is a paean to abandoned projects and failed attempts. It's a museum of false steps and frustrations. It's an implosion of inadequacies and imposter syndrome.

It has a soundtrack: Who do you think you are, anyway? Why are you wasting your time?

cue evil laugh. Mwahahaha.

So I put my Persian pattern away.

But then. But then! My friends, failure and frustration is part of the story, but it is not the end of the story. Like all good stories, crises gives way to climax, and then -- joy! -- something beautiful happens.


It was one of those days in the studio. I was bored. And I started browsing old files, tinkering a bit. And I stumbled upon the Persian. What the hey, I thought. Let's give it another go. And whaddaya know.

It worked out!

Available as a single-layer design, with your choice of background or -- my personal favorite -- as a multilayer design with your choice of custom prints.

~ Ruth

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