Friday, August 28, 2009

Vietnamese Quilling

A friend was surprised to come across this exquisite paper filigree piece in a craft supply shop in Jakarta, Indonesia. She didn't have a camera with her at the time, but luckily her cell phone pictures do a more than adequate job of conveying the beauty of the work.


She asked about the artist, but all that was known was that the husband of a friend of the store's owner had purchased the framed piece while traveling in Vietnam.
 
Perhaps via the wonder of the internet, the artist, or someone with knowledge of the work, will come across these photos. If I hear anything, I'll be sure to let you know.


I especially admire the way the quilling captures a sense of motion via the fine shaping of the coils that make up the loose, fluttering clothing. By the way, the paper width is only 1.5 mm!

20 comments:

  1. I love these! It's amazing how much detail and motion can be conveyed with just a couple of coils. Sometimes less is more and I think this picture truly captures that.

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  2. Oh I love this too, Ann. The two girls are even different in shape. Very unique, thanks for sharing.

    This is a reminder why we need to identify our individual pieces with our name and date :o)

    -Molly

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  3. Exquisite! Beautiful, symetrical flowing quills! The artist had a gifted eye for simple but very elegant design. Thanks for sharing!
    Sonya

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  4. Very impressive and interesting! Thanks for sharing, Ann.

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  5. hi ann!
    oh it is amazing! it really feels like they are riding!
    thank you for sharing it!

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  6. Just beautiful! Clean and simple but everything is there.

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  7. Remarkable...I agree that the movement captured is delightful.

    I hope the artist will make him/herself known, Great find by our friend in Jakarta!

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  8. Quilling is such an amazing medium and although I've been quilling for over 50 years, what I see now is a pushing of the envelop to areas I never thought we'd do. Compared to today the quilling I did back in the 60's looks like a Model T compared to a Prius. Their designs are very good, it looks like the gals on the bicycles are almost moving. I'd love to watch them quill so I could learn how to create such graceful shapes.

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  9. Ann, I love the movement of the ladies, but the bicycles are exquisite in their simplicity also, yet there is no doubt whatsoever, but that they are bicycles. All of the details of them are left for our own imagination to complete. This is true art.

    I return to your site day after day to enjoy your "finds"! Thanks so much!
    Helen

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  10. I am going to Vietnam and try to find this.
    One of My friends brought back this from the trip from Vietnam and I really love it!

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  11. Hi, I'm from Vietnam, just so you know, products like this are plentiful in Vietnam. I'm not surprised, hehe.

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  12. I'm lucky enough to have the quilled picture of the girls on the bicycles sitting on my piano. Friends bought it for me while holidaying in Vietnam. I love the way it captures movement.

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  13. The quilling art is developing fast in Vietnam, I very very love quilling.

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  14. This is paper quilling art - the company name is Sun and Moon

    Address: 274 Ba Trieu st Hanoi, Vietnam

    This is their website: http://www.sunmooncrafts.com/en/Gallery/quilled-printing-pictures.html

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  15. The quilling at the Sun and Moon website is lovely. I see it features the work of Yulia Brodskaya on the home page without giving credit or linking to her site.

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  16. This is beautiful, it really is. The work is extremely delicate. So much work and patience must have gone into it! You know, for all the differences in people throughout the world, crafters are the same everywhere :-)

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  17. I actually have that quilling right in front of me at the moment, purchased at a blind school where they do it to provide a living for some of the older students. The blind school makes the art work for Thuat Liem productions http://www.thuatliem.com/medium1.asp

    Purchasing from these guys, you are supporting the Nhat Hong Centre for the blind in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    I'm not sure about the veracity of the sun moon claim, as I have not seen this particular design on their website.

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    1. Kim, thanks very much for your informative comment. I appreciate your taking the time to let us know the origin of this beautiful quilling. Even more remarkable to learn it was created by a blind student. I recently heard of the Nhat Hong Centre via a group of Australian university students who are visiting there now to assist the students with their technology skills. Small world!

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  18. Hi Ann, I thought I recognised your name, I am the university lecturer taking these students there. I came across the image on this website because I was searching for any references to any of the work of Nhat Hong. I will obtain your email address off my student Josh, and email you separately upon our return. Small world!!
    Kim

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    1. How about that - small world indeed! I look forward to hearing from you, Kim. Safe travels.

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