Art for Love & Life - The MP Artworks Blog
The official blog for MP Artworks, a fine art studio producing limited-edition ketubot (ketubahs) and wedding certificates, chuppot (chuppahs) and wedding canopies, fine art giclée prints, gifts for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions, and more. Our main focus, however, is couples' ketubah and chuppah.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Ketubah Quality Takes Huge Leap Forward as MP Artworks Upgrades Printing Technology - Again
MP Artworks has again upgraded its printing technology for ketubahs to stay on the cutting edge of wedding ketubah (and fine art) printmaking. Their newest giclée equipment continues to allow them to "print ketubahs to order" so they can easily (and affordably) customize and personalize them, but now these jewish wedding contracts will look even more brilliant and detailed.
Sarasota, Florida (PRWeb) April 20, 2009 -- MP Artworks yet again upgraded their printing technology, keeping them on the cutting edge of ketubah (jewish wedding contract) printmaking. This means just another "first" for MP Artworks - first in 1996 to offer wedding ketubahs (or "ketubot," plural for ketubah) as giclée prints, first to offer "mix and match" ketubah designs and texts, first to offer a proof of personalized wedding ketubahs, first to offer custom options that are affordable, first to offer "sample" ketubahs so you can see it before you buy, and the first to offer a "digital" ketubah.
With this upgraded technology in giclée printing, artist Micah Parker explains that the equipment for the whole chain of production is new. "We've switched from PC to Mac both in terms of our hardware and our imaging software. Apple's color profiles are truer-looking on the screen and have a larger color spectrum when printed. And we have just recently added two new large-format printers. This is definitely a case where bigger is better!" The resulting prints are much more vibrant and accurate, showing greater detail as well.
Giclée printing is the newest technology for producing fine art prints. Like anything else, there are different levels of quality. A giclée is essentially an inkjet print, but there are differences from standard desktop inkjet prints. Typically, the printers are much larger, the imaging software used with the printer is quite expensive and very sophisticated, and special light-fast inks are used on the prints which, if kept out of the sun, will remain true for a long period of time.
The main reason to consider a giclée ketubah for your wedding is flexibility. As a ketubah customer, you get more flexibility in customizing your ketubah, to make it more personal, since we print to order. the ketubah's text with the - in both English and Hebrew - it won't have that look. We can very easily (and affordably) change the text and/or the design. And now, the print itself will be even more breathtaking.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Umm, hi, we're in France, and we need another ketubah!
So, the call went something like this:
Stressed Out Bride: "Ummm, Hi, MP Artworks? My name is Stressed Out Bride. We ordered our ketubah from you. We got it weeks ago and it was gorgeous, just beautiful, but there's a problem."
MP Artworks: "Problem? What can we do for you?"
Stressed Out Bride:"Well, my fiance and I are getting married in France, and we just got here and noticed that we don't have our ketubah! We had it with my dress and my fiance's tux when we boarded the first plane in New York, but now we've lost it. Can you help us? Even if we could afford it, we don't have time for international service. The wedding is soon! Is there any way you can email us our ketubah?"
MP Artworks: "Of course! MP Artworks to the Rescue!"
OK, maybe that wasn't exactly how it went, but you get the idea. This is a real story of one of the real couples who recently bought their ketubah from us. It's just one of the crazy stories we hear all the time. In this instance, we were able to email her both a copy of her text only as well as a pdf of the image so that they could either just print out the text to have something to sign or, if they could finagle it to find a good fine art printer, they could actually print out their ketubah. If not, when they get back, we can reprint their ketubah for them and even "marry" (if you'll excuse the pun) the signatures with their ketubah so everything's on one, beautiful, archival document.
We've heard lots of these stories. Left it at the reception, the cat ate it, fiance forgot it, etc. We even had one couple who were getting married right after 9/11 happened and they couldn't get back to their apartment near the WTC to get their ketubah for the wedding. We even had one couple who decided to have someone else "personalize" their ketubah (fill in the blanks). Here's what they got:
Obligatory MP Artworks Link: Read more MP Artworks' ketubah and chuppah success stories here
Thursday, May 22, 2008
What's an Interfaith Couple To Do?
There are more and more interfaith couples getting married every day, where one partner is Jewish and the other is not. Often times, the Jewish partner wants to incorporate the Jewish traditions into the wedding, even if they do not have the exact significance in an interfaith context. The ketubah is one such item.
OK, so technically it may not be considered a "ketubah" by many, but an interfaith ketubah will serve the purpose of honoring a Jewish wedding tradition and commemorating your vows in what may be your first fine art print that will hang in your home and remind you of that most special day, forever!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
New Work by Michelle Dwyer
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Having Fun, Doing Good, Cute Kitties - Not a Bad Night!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Introducing our newest artist, Doris Katz!
We are really excited to introduce our newest ketuba artist, Doris Katz. Doris was a big Mark Rothko fan and painted in his iconic style of large, transcendent fields of color. These palettes form the background against which the ketubah text is laid. They are beautiful on their own (available as fine art, coming soon!) and of course when a Doris Katz ketubah graces the walls, it will add sophisticated style to any newlywed's home!
Here are a few examples of her work:
We invite you to peruse Doris's gallery of ketubot here!