There is a lot of beautiful artworks made from paper. I’ve previously showcased a few; like geometric animals, hand-carved artworks from a paper sheet, and even scenes from Alice in Wonderland in glass baubles.
There are a million ways to make paper art, and this artist recently caught my eye. Yulia Brodskaya, an artist and illustrator born in Moscow, creates stunning works of art using the quilled paper technique.
Yulia first began experimenting with various ways to illustrate using paper about six years ago. In the time since, she’s become a master at quilling and other sculptural techniques involving paper. This has landed her high-profile jobs working on paper projects for fashion designer Issey Miyake, Godiva chocolates, and even Paramount films.
Quilled paper art may seem simple at first glance, Yulia’s work is incredibly detailed in both colour and expressiveness. This type of art is created by rolling or bending strips of paper and gluing their side to the surface. It makes them essentially lines, but the paper’s width gives these lines a depth that 2D art can lack.
“My style is constantly evolving… right now I’m interested in making even more 3D paper art using the same technique, so I keep on experimenting.“
For Yulia a sheet of paper can sometimes be its own source of inspiration. New, unusual paper or card stock immediately begins to spark her imagination. One of the main reasons she enjoys the paper craft, is due to her love of the material.
When asked what role she thinks quilled paper art plays in contemporary art, this is what Yulia had to say: “I think it brings the feeling of something ‘real’, warm and handmade; all the qualities that are associated with the term craft. I think my art is a kind of a blend between the traditional craft practices and contemporary art.”
To see more of her work, be sure to visit her website or watch the video of her technique below.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.