Today I would like to introduce Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, who has created some pretty phenomenal art pieces despite the fact that she only began quilling a year or so ago. Ayobola grew up in Lagos, Nigeria where quilling supplies are not available. In fact, at first she didn't know there was such a thing as she had come upon the technique quite naturally.
Ayobola is 21, studied graphic design at the University of Lagos and recently graduated with a B.A. in visual arts. I was curious to learn more after seeing her Zentangle-esque designs on Behance, so wrote to ask a few questions...
Here we go... the final giveaway of the holiday season and then it's back to regularly scheduled programming - artist interviews, tutorials, and the like. This time it is a chance to receive the brand new DIY Manhasset Light Kit from Zipper 8 Lighting that gives you the opportunity to "illuminate your creativity" - what a great tagline!
It just wouldn't seem like the holidays without some sort of making frenzy going on at my kitchen table... with that in mind, I scouted around for new paper craft kits. There's just enough time left to order, receive, and make some paper ornaments even though the Christmas countdown is pretty far along!
Congratulations to the winners - tfanjoy and Diana Mieczan!
Paper Julep's hand-screened paper and paste paper earrings may have caught your eye when they were featured here a couple of months ago. Since then, artist Karen Krieger has been busy with craft shows around the country, but recently found time to add an assortment of colorful earrings to her Etsy shop where she also sells creative metalwork.
The #1 most frequently searched term here at ATP is quilled snowflake. In the past I've posted traditional rolled coil patterns here, here, and here, so this time I decided to make a snowflake from folded strips of paper instead. The beauty of folding, or more precisely, alternate side looping (in quill-speak), is that you don't need a quilling tool - just use your fingers!
Congratulations to giveaway winner Tristan Blakeman!
A new week... so it's time for another giveaway and this one is international! Debra Glanz of The Paper Assembly will be sending twelve 18 x 24 inch (46 x 61cm) artist papers of choice to one lucky winner. The high quality sheets - a lovely mix of masculine and feminine designs - are ideal for bookbinding and box making, home projects, or even gift wrapping.
I'm thrilled to feature this pretty wreath to launch the Christmas season of making! Of course many of us in the States are focused on Thanksgiving at the moment,
but I hope you'll revisit this project created by British guest artist Sarah Dennis when you turn your attention to decorating for the holidays. You'll discover how enjoyable it is to make crepe paper poinsettias, roses, snowdrops, and holly-inspired leaves.
Congratulations to the winners - Jennifer Ueno and Ingrid Lavoie!
Oh boy, do I have pretty things to show you today - and even better, there's a chance those of you in the U.S. could win some of them! Valerie Lloyd makes gorgeous paper maché ornaments that sparkle with fine German glass glitter. These shimmering pine cones, for example...
Sculptures created by artist Patty Grazini never fail to amaze... each autumn she delights us with photos of figures she has spent the past year fashioning entirely from paper. While her 2013 collection featured famous artists' muses, this time Patty focuses on women with quirky stories - similar, yet different from 2012's cast of crime-committing characters.
Runaway Bride - a daughter tricks her expectant groom and runs off with another suitor.
Congratulations to Denise Beckand, giveaway winner!
For those of you with little ones at home or simply a love of mid-century folk art with its vibrant colors, Ellen Giggenbach's new book Papercraft Christmas from UK publisher Templar is sure to be appealing.
Anna Kleindinst is a graphic designer and illustrator in Austria who received a Master's degree in Communication Design just last month. In fact, it was this newly minted mortarboard and diploma she created for graduation party invitations that caught my eye and led me to ask a few questions about her delightful work.
Helen Hiebert, paper maker, artist, and author (Playing with Pop-Ups is her newest book) recently launched a line of high quality paper crafting kits and will be sending a kit of choice to two U.S. commenters. Each kit would be an ideal project to make prior to the holidays as the results are decor and gift-worthy, not to mention crafty family members and friends would enjoy receiving kits to make on their own during long winter evenings.
Lisa Nilsson's latest quillwork, Tapis Series, is incredibly detailed, almost to the point of making observers shake their heads in disbelief. You might recall her anatomical pieces, Tissue Series and Angelico, that similarly wowed the internet a couple of years ago. Lisa elevates quilling in a way that has never been seen in its hundreds of years as an art form via densely packed coils of quarter-inch mulberry strips, and crimped and shaped gilt paper, all of which she cuts by hand.
Congratulations to winners April Rogers, Debra Norton, and Patti L!
It's giveaway season here at ATP so be sure to check in each Monday to see the latest offering. First up is Zakka Life blogger Jessica Okui's new craft title, Fun with Washi. This handy little book, measuring only about six inches square, has 128 pages filled with clever, modern projects. You'll find novel uses for all those tantalizing rolls of paper washi tape you may or may not have already been tempted to purchase.
Erin Curet is a prolific paper roller with a colorful style all her own. She relies on the use of vivid paper strips to paint mosaic pictures that are composed of tightly placed coils. Erin discovered quilling only six years ago, but it has already taken her on quite a journey, both literally and figuratively.
It's been nearly five years since I last shared a collection of miniature paper houses and believe me, there's been a home construction boom around the interwebs since then! So here's a new batch of inspiring tutorials and kits... as fast as time flies, it isn't too early to start thinking about a mantel display and tree ornaments too.