Friday, July 13, 2012

"Dodge Dart - Inspired By You" Contest - Kathleen Usova

I'm sure you'll recognize the art of Ukraine's Kathleen Usova if you've ever browsed the net for quilling images. Frequently her designs are mistaken for those of Yulia Brodskaya, and although she credits Yulia as an inspiring role model, Kathleen's colorful and complex quilling style composed of curved on-edge strips, often with just a small curl at the end, is her own.

Dodge Dart Contest Winner

This past spring she entered the Dodge Dart - Inspired By You contest, created in conjunction with The contest promoted the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart car, and the art needed to reflect elements of its style and inspiration.

I had to smile at Kathleen's description of the piece and could sense her determination, "A lot of time and paper. That's how I spent my vacation. My family thinks I'm crazy. And I just really want to win."

And win, she did! The quilled collage placed first in the traditional art (as opposed to digital) category. There were nearly 4000 entries; additional winners can be seen here. Along with garnering lots of nice prizes for Kathleen, the 14 x 25 inch piece will be displayed in a pop-up gallery at the Dodge-Chrysler Headquarters in Michigan. Be on the lookout for it in a TV commercial.

Facebook Paper Finds this past week included:

Print out an oil painting
Quilled lettering tips
Make a paper corsage
Paper illustrated intro to Taiwan
A new paper twine flower

Have a great weekend! I'm already looking forward to Monday when I'll be posting a little something that has to do with two of the most often "searched for" phrases here on the blog... any guesses?!


Handmade in Israel said...

Wonderful! She deserves to win. Such fabulous colours!

Ann said...

A very cool and colorful piece. Definitely a winner

Baukje said...

she is certainly a wonderful winner thick 10
Greetings Baukje
have a good weekend

SUGANTHI said...

Brilliant work and no surprise she won first place. So very inspiring.PERFECT!!!

Maureen said...

Amazing piece. A deserved win.

lulu_ma said...

very impressive. just curious how long it took her to finish this piece?

Casey said...

Wow, SO cool! I love the detail and the colors. She did a wonderful job on that piece and totally deserved to win. Congrats to her!
I think I'd go bonkers if it were a MINI... ;)

Melissa said...

So glad she won! It's a beautiful piece of art. Love all the colors.

Maddy said...

Hi Ann,

Thank you so much for including my 'oil painting' on your paper finds - I'm very excited to get a mention!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend,


Sujana Sarath said...

amazing work!!!

Deepthi said...

Wow wow and wow!!!!
No words!!!

Namrata said...

Brilliant and beautiful! Congratulations!

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