A few years ago a friend asked me to quill a birthday gift for her husband who is a paper conservator; thus, he's quite familiar with quilling and its long history. You might remember the distelfink I made for him. Fast forward to this past fall... we met for dinner and both admired a quilled pendant I was wearing... later he contacted me with ideas for a new design that wanted to give his wife.
He told me he had studied the quilled bird and jewelry
designs on my blog to get a sense of the forms that are possible and sent several textile images to show what he had in mind. We decided on one by Arthur Silver that has an art nouveau look with elongated leaves and shapes. Silver-edged green paper was requested... I chose my favorite soft (moss) green from JJ Quilling Design.
He especially liked the whiplash feel of the design with its energy
playing among curves and counter-curves and so I tried my best to capture movement. For
the domed tight coils in the center, I used a mix of navy, metallic navy
(looks black on edge), silver edge deep blue, and silver edge moss green. The completed pendant
measures about 2.5 inches in diameter and has a brilliant shine when it catches the light.
I had a good time making a folded paper box (once again, I used this origami box tutorial via The Paper Assembly) and gift card, and mailed everything to him in a plain brown wrapper. Ha, not really... but enjoying my role as Secret Santa, I used a sturdy box, typed the address label instead of my recognizable handwriting, and left off a return address so the surprise could be kept until the 25th.
Originally I had thought I would need to mount the pendant on paper, but
after a good bit of rearranging, was able to connect all of the coils to create a rigid piece. I was glad
about this as I prefer a see-through design to show off the lacy
coils. Our friends emailed the above photo on Christmas Day...
how gratifying to hear back so quickly that she liked it!
One more item to mention: Paper artist Helen Hiebert asked me to let you all know about her online class that will launch in early March. Paper Illuminated: Innovative Structures Featuring Paper and Light looks great... you'll be able to experience one of Helen's popular classes from the comfort of home. Click the link to view the trailer and sign up by February 1 to receive early bird pricing.