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February 8, 2011

Here is one of my first quilled pieces. Quilling is an art form that rolls thin strips of paper to make decorative designs.

Wikipedia tells us that “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.”

Wikipedia does not tell us that it’s fun! BUT, it IS fun, and evokes that focused, meditative, flow state that is rare and wonderful. Here is Mister Twirley, a quilled alien.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2011 3:39 PM

    Hey hey! This arrived end of last week, a little worse for wear. Elena may stick it back together. She was thrilled to see your first piece though. Every time she gets quilling in the letterbox she sort of squeaks like a mouse. It’s cute.

  2. skwood1234 permalink*
    February 13, 2011 5:41 PM

    Glad it arrived. I always wonder how they travel. But, with mailart, I guess that’s part of the adventure. Like Buddha said, the only certainty is change. Perhaps we will create the Flat-Quilling, an art form that is what quilling looks like after going through postal machinery.

  3. February 21, 2011 11:59 AM

    Thanks for Mister Twirley. It’s a lovely piece. I stuck it back and now it’s on my favourite wall.
    I learnt that if I wrap my quilling it in bubble wrap it gets to the destination in one piece.

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