What is Quilling?

Quilling, or paper filigree, is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled, twisted, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.

Quilling got its name because the papers were originally wrapped around the quills of feathers. During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used the art form to decorate book covers and religious items.

In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe and spread to the Americas where there are a few examples from Colonial times.

Today, quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity. The art form is always expanding due to innovators and a rapidly growing number of artists.

A note from the artist:

I first discovered quilling when I was seven years old, and over the next few years created simple designs and ornaments for my family and friends. In recent years I’ve rediscovered the art form and have stretched the boundaries of traditional quilling techniques to create intricate three-dimensional works of art. Incorporating my skills as a graphic designer and watercolor artist, I often use my own surface pattern designs in my work.
— Kathy Canfield Shepard

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