I began quilling when I was in elementary school well over 50 years ago. Back then, I didn’t have quilling tools like we use today and if I recall correctly, we used little dowels, pencils and toothpics. I wonder what the early ancient Egyptians used as it does stir my curiosity . The Egyptians used a technique called “filigree” which has inspired other forms of quiliing later through the centuries.
I remember quilling the basic open and closed coils. We learned to make very simple snowflakes with this technique thus catapulting my love for paper art. As the years came and went, I found other interests and steered away from the art I fell in love with. Every now and then, I would occupy myself with some strips of paper I cut for myself and a pencil or pen and just quill different variations such as marquise, teardrops and petals and shape them into flowers. But in 2019 after hearing my stories of my love for quilling, my oldest son got me a deluxe quilling kit with everything I could possibly need to get back into my art and i haven’t stopped since.
This form of art is like painting only you use paper strips and you shape them into different forms to create your designs which I refer to as painting with paper. Now, I would like to share some of my art with you. I do name each piece as I go and many times there are reasons behind my work. My first piece is what I call “Hilda” named after the fabulous lady who welcomed me into her home in Stoke on Trent, England in 2018. She would fix me a glass of Port every night and we would share in good laughter and special bonding. Hilda is in her later 80’s and her health is failing but I will never forget her lovely smile and generous hospitality so I designed this piece of art in honor of her.
This form of art is therapy to my soul and brings much enjoyment into my life especially in these uncertain times we are facing. I will share with you several more pieces that I have done during this Covid-19 pandemic. I hope you enjoy and perhaps this might spark an interest for you or your children to get started as the possibilities are endless. It’s a great way to get involved and learn a new art.
Be strong, be safe and be blessed!