Monday, May 24, 2010

Lois Bandt Weber

Earlier this month I spent an afternoon at the convention of the North American Quilling Guild in New York. It's great to meet up with so many people who share a common interest and is always fascinating to see the quilling that's been entered in the annual competition. Lois Bandt Weber has won several NAQG awards in the past, hosted the convention last year in Florida where she lives, and brought along quite a few of her framed pieces to display at this year's event. She is devoted to quilling and with her outgoing personality and sense of humor, perfectly suited for teaching and generating interest in the art. In 2000, Lois says she wandered into a quilling class in her retirement community and remembered that she had made snowflakes for her children's teachers years ago. At the time, she wasn't aware it was called quilling.Upon returning to Wisconsin for the summer, Lois experimented with techniques, looked at pictures for inspiration, and generally enjoyed the process of learning all she could about quilling. Although she never had official artistic training other than high school art, she credits her mother with sending her to every art/craft class the YWCA offered.
She's developed a method of rolling several colors of paper together to "paint" with it, similar to the way portrait artists dip a brush into several shades. Even though the quilled faces are actually flat, they appear to have dimension.

Lois, thanks very much for sharing this sampling of your fascinating work!

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18 comments:

Manasa said...

Wow...such amazing pieces of art...They have so much dimension really...I have a lot to learn from such great artists..Ann, thanks so much for sharing such amazing artists work :)

Melissa said...

I love the zebra!!

Sumi said...

oh my!She is so creative.Amazing work.Thanks for sharing.

Pastila said...

Its fantastic!

Ujjwal said...

Wow...so much talent and too without even realizing it!!

loved how she created dimensions with quilling!! OMG I have so much to learn !!

I am already in love with the framed peacock :)

Meg said...

That peacock is amazing- it looks like a stained glass window- very intricate.

Thanks Ann for sharing her work.

Ann said...

Amazing. Such lovely pieces. The peacock is incredible and I just love the zebra

Addii said...

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SUGANTHI said...

The peacock is so beautiful!!!!Lois Bandt Weber's work is very inspiring.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone!

Addii's translates as:
Thank you for sharing this information with us! Works are masterpieces.... no words ..

licia politis said...

Thanks Ann for showcasing the masterpieces quilled by Lois! I adore the peacock and the zebra!
Licia

Susan said...

I just love your designs. Thank you for letting me visit.
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Anonymous said...

To known that someone of such talent as Licia enjoys my work is an honor.My butterfies came in second to her fruitbowl in 2007 NAQG AGM .Thanks Licia. Lois

Anonymous said...

Lois is an amazing artist and to see her work in person -- it's unbelievable.
Gail

Vidhya Ganesan said...

I have a quilled peacock.. but this one is outstanding! The details in zebra is amazing!

Mrs. Divya said...

I like your work very much, its amazing. I am learning from your work. Thanks for sharing....

Anonymous said...

simply fantabulous !!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer Stacey said...

These are simply magnificent and inspiring! I would love to get to this level of quilling

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