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Quilling is an art form whereby strips of paper are curled, formed and glued. The process lends a three-dimensionality to linework that, when combined with a selection of colors, creates a pleasing graphic effect.
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With a relatively low barrier to entry, quilling work appears for sale on sites like Etsy and tutorials are readily available on YouTube. But in the fine arts world, the undisputed master of the art has to be Yulia Brodskaya, whose work is below.
The Russian-born, UK-based artist started out doing graphic design and illustration in the mid-2000s, using the same tool most of us do: A computer. But according to her bio, she “quickly abandoned the computer programs in favour of paper art.” And interestingly enough, when Brodskaya began working with paper to create images in this way, she didn’t even realize it was called quilling, or that it was a “thing.”
I believe that one of the main reasons I enjoy the paper craft, is due to my love of the material: paper. Although I’ve always had a special fascination for paper, it has taken me a while to find my own way of working with it; and then it took a little longer to find out that the technique I have been using so intensively is called quilling – it involves the use of strips of paper that can be rolled, shaped, and glued to the background.
While she’s found steady work in the advertising world…
…I find her personal work to be the most stunning.
See more of her stuff here.
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