Monday, October 28, 2013

Paper Quilling

Yulia Brodskaya, the artist whose work is featured here, works with paper using an ancient style known as quilling.

If you use image search to google "quilling" you will be deluged with examples of this art. This is the kind of work that anyone of us can do in its simple form. Decorating or embellishing greeting cards is within our reach. Should you or I (not so much) be so inclined.

Or you can create masterpieces like Ms. Brodskaya.


Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork. [wiki]

Yulia Brodskaya takes it to a whole different level, however.


This sample of quilling shapes is from the above mentioned blog.
Here is a link. She has a lot of free and easy patterns over there




During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day. [wiki]


























Yulia Brodskaya was born in Russia (Moscow); prior to moving to the UK in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine widArt practices. Following an MA in Graphic Communication (2006, University of Hertfordshire) she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects. She has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations and continues to create beautifully detailed paper designs for clients all around the world.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Give to Live - Sammy Hagar


"If you want love, you've got to give a little. If you want faith, you just believe a little. If you want peace turn your cheek a little." Which is true. But 80's fashion? Laughs.