My Passion For Perfection

I first discovered quilling in 2010, about a year after I graduated from the Maine College of Art. I happened upon a charming package of quilling paper one day in my local art supply store, and it was truly love at first sight! I have dedicated years of my life to learning, mastering, and expanding all of the potential in those thin strips of paper. I strive for perfection in everything I quill –  from color selection, to exactly which coil or loop a project needs, to the smallest detail, like making sure the glue never shows. As with any art, when everything is perfect, it can transcend into a place where magic resides – and that is my goal.

What I Can Do For You

I offer a new innovative product. I have developed freestanding paper letterforms you can use in your photo shoots. I work with my clients to develop letterforms in the fonts and colors that have been approved in mockups. The beauty and complexity that quilling brings to the forms are guaranteed to draw eyes! 

Traditionally, quilled designs are glued down to a sheet of paper. The innovation in my letterforms is that they are freestanding and not glued down to a single sheet of paper, so you can place them in any situation your photo shoot calls for! Any commissioned work comes with full copyrights at reasonable rates.


What is Quilling?

Paper quilling, also known as paper filigree, is the art of shaping paper into intricate and interesting shapes. This is achieved by rolling, coiling, looping, or even folding strips of paper into various forms. Quilling is a paper art form that dates back hundreds of years. During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe, where gentleladies of leisure practiced the art. 

Editorial Quilling

I was asked to create quilled backdrops for a Meredith Corporation magazine titled Diabetic Desserts 2015. I made many freestanding quilled pieces - shapes, letterforms, and a spoon. Everything was sent to the art director, for composition and photography, and was used on the cover and throughout the pages of the magazine.

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