Monday, April 20, 2009

Yulia Brodskaya Makes Quilling Positively Thrilling!

Yulia Brodskaya

Quilling, or filigree paper work, is an art that involves rolling or coiling thin strips of paper into intricate designs and shapes. Most sources agree that quilling is an ancient art form, possibly first practiced with paper by monks and nuns to decorate religious objects. The art itself is likely named because originally the tiny strips of paper were rolled over goose quills. Prior to the invention of paper, other societies curled thin metal wire in a similar decorative fashion.

For those of you unfamiliar with the process, I present the following video on beginning quilling techniques. While this is a commercial video, please note that I am neither promoting nor endorsing these products. Simply, I thought this was the best video to give a quick overview of what quilling actually is and how it's done.

(If you are unable to see the video above, please click HERE.)

Today’s blog entry features one of my favorite quilling artists, Yulia Brodskaya. I was so happy to hear from her this morning, granting me permission to feature her work here because it truly is spectacular! She takes quilling to an entirely new level.

Originally from Russia, Yulia Brodskaya is now a London-based graphic designer / illustrator who specializes in a paper art technique that lets her create distinctively graceful and artful typography.

Before moving to the UK in 2004 Yulia was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine Art practices.

Since obtaining her MA in Graphic Communication from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006, she has continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things that attract her most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects.

Yulia engages in creating a wide variety of her paper-craft artwork. She enlists her typographical skills and knowledge of color in breathtaking combinations ranging from the full-spectrum of rainbow colors to the simpler, yet every bit as complex, white on white.

Yulia was recipient of a first place award in the Russian Conceptual Packaging Design Competition and elected a Member of the International Society of Typographic Designers in 2006. Her artistic life consists of constant experimentation and evolution.

Please check out Yulia’s web site to see more of her fascinating art work! CLICK HERE


Kim said...

Gosh! What stunning work... I love this.

Quilling with Whimsiquills said...

Loved your blog on Yulia. She is one of my favorite quillers; she raises the art for to new levels.
Pat Caputo

Jessica said...

Wow! That is beautiful work! Thanks for sharing it. I'll definitely be checking out her website.

TBDQuilling said...

I've been quilling for over 50 years and can tell you that quilling well takes years of practice and work. Yulia is one of the best. But she should be professional with an excellent educational background. For those interested in learning how to quill I'd urge you to take a class (you can find them everywhere or post on the Quillers group at yahoo.). Although many quillers are self taught using a good starting quilling book, others find that they need a more hands on approach to gain the needed skills to quill well. Quilling has graduated from a hobby craft to a well respected art form with professional guilds all around the world. This is the 3rd such resurgence of quilling I've seen in my life time.

Stacy Alexander