I have quite the color coordinated post today. An Etsy email caught my eye... in it was a photo of these vintage-style Christmas light ornaments made of quilling paper. I clicked over to the shop and what to my wondering eyes did appear?
No, not a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. Instead, I spied this retro cone tree that's covered with two shades of vivid red coils on a white paint and silver glitter surface. So 70s!
Gina Gallisa of San Francisco recently opened Noir Blanc Productions as an outlet for her playful work. I asked about her introduction to quilling and amazingly it
was the very same Martha Stewart Living magazine article back in
February 2002 that headed quite a few of us down the quilling path.
Gina said, "I instantly liked the texture that quilling created. It
was so visually stimulating for me. I then noticed it wasn't really popular here like it was in the middle
east and eastern Europe; that got me more interested in it. Pritesh Ananth Krishnan and her blog Quillling Me Softlee
was also a huge inspiration. I started to see that I was more
interested in the technique of quilling. So as I worked as a floral
designer/event planner, my mind just started running with ideas of how I
could take the texture of quilling paper and design things to be more modern and out of the box."
Except Gina has made things and put them in boxes! I kid; she only does that with these cute bento box ornaments... she was inspired to make them because she's into preparing Japanese bento boxes for her
For those of you who love touches
of neon, Gina often quills with super-bright colors. In fact, her shop
was featured in I'm Dreaming of a Neon Christmas on the blog Bonjour Berry. But rather than change the mood of this turquoise and red post, here's one last photo. I think this grouping of painted and decorated paper maché cone trees is my very favorite of Gina's designs so far... I love the stark branches and berries!
I look forward to new collections she'll be adding to Noir Blanc Productions in the coming months... Cherry Blossom & Quince in early January, Valentines in mid-January, and Easter and Passover designs in mid-February. Gina's goal is to push the envelope on traditional colors and
textures to create stylish and modern decorations for every