Quilling has been around for hundreds of years, but it’s still as impressive and popular now as it was during the Renaissance.
The art of quilling first became popular during the Renaissance, when nuns and monks would use it to roll gold-gilded paper and decorate religious objects, as an alternative to the expensive gold filigree. Later, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it became a favorite pass-time of English ladies who created wonderful decorations for their furniture and candles, through quilling.
Basically, the quilling process consists of cutting strips of paper, and rolling them with a special tool. It sounds simple enough, but special skill is required to create more advanced shapes like marquises, arrowheads or holly leaves. All through the years, the ART of quilling has remained almost unchanged, but new specialty supplies now allow quilling masters to create anything from detailed 3-D figures to wall-sized museum installations.
Because it requires so few supplies, quilling is available to anyone with enough patience to give it a try, and with a little bit of practice you’ll be creating some pretty amazing paper artworks, just like iron-maiden-art, whose works I think show the beauty of quilling.
Yulia Brodskaya is an artist and illustrator born in 1983 in Moscow - Russia. She is very recognized for her astonishing, elegant and detailed paper illustrations. Currently based in the UK, where she went to continue her education in art at the University of Hertfordshire with a Master of Art in Graphics Communication degree in 2006. After getting her degree, Yulia 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.
“Typography is my second love, after paper and I’m really happy that I’ve found a way of combining the two. Having said that, I don’t want to exclude non-typobased designs, I’d like to work on different projects.” Yulia for Computer Arts"
Amazing Paper Art ByYulia Brodskaya
Quilled Marriage Certificate by Ann Martin
All things paper,
recently created this absolutely gorgeous quilled marriage certificate
for a North Carolina beach wedding. I love the soft, pastel colors found
in the quilled paper floral motif and think that this is such a lovely
detail to include as part of one’s wedding. The poster-sized certificate
can be used in place of the guest book and can be framed and hung in
the couple’s home as a reminder of the special day.
Marriage certificates are Quaker by tradition, but the idea is beginning to catch on for all types of weddings. Certificates are often painted, but Ann adds her own special twist by creating motifs in quilled paper, which gives a wonderful dimensional quality to the certificate. Quaker certificates typically feature the couple’s vows in calligraphy and are signed by the couple and two witnesses, as well as guests during the wedding. By signing, guests are pledging their steadfast support of the couple in marriage. In non-Quaker weddings, guests can sign right after the ceremony or when they arrive at the reception.
If you’re interested in having a custom marriage certificate created for your wedding, you can contact Ann via her blog, and she encourages those interested in crafts and diy projects to give it a try yourself. You can check out her Quilling 101 tutorial to get started, and she also has a number of project specific tutorials over at all things paper. Seeing her tutorials really makes me want to break out my quilling paper and tools and create something!
Anatomical Cross-Sections Made with Quilled Paper by Lisa Nilsson
For her Tissue Series, artist Lisa Nilsson constructs anatomical cross sections of the human body using rolled pieces of Japanese mulberry paper, a technique known as quilling or paper filigree. Each piece takes several weeks to assemble and begins with an actual photograph of a lateral or mid-sagittal cross section to which she begins pinning small rolls of paper. Depending on its function she rolls the paper on almost anything small and cylindrical including pins, needles, dowels, and drill bits (she even attempted using some of her husband’s 8mm film editing equipment but to no avail). Lastly she even builds the wooden boxes containing the cross-sections by hand. A graduate of RISD, Nilsson now lives and works in Massachusetts and you can learn more about her process in this pair of interviews on All Things Paper and ArtSake.
I want to thank both Lisa and photographer John Polak for providing the imagery late last night for this post. I can say with confidence that these pieces are among the most incredible artworks I’ve had the opportunity of sharing with you here on Colossal.
Paper Art by Jo Lynn Alcorn
Dragon - Shanghai Tang Holiday Catalog 2008
There’s something absolutely charming and personal about paper art. Paper illustrations are used to inspire millions from magazine covers to children’s books. Whether it’s origami or quilling, there’s an endless amount of ideas when it comes to accessorizing your wedding details.
Graphic designer – Jo Lynn Alcorn, uses paper to craft her three-dimensional illustrations, and like a select few designers out there blazing a trail of distinct style, Alcorn is easily one of the best in terms of paper art.
Kips Bay Showhouse Mural
A staircase mural of magnolia flowers made entirely from Maya Romanoff wallpapers. Design by Amy Lau.
Lane Crawford Beijing - A mural in the Stella McCartney Collection