Thursday, February 23, 2017

Versatile Quilling Artist - Stacy Bettencourt of Mainely Quilling

Paper filigree designs by Stacy Bettencourt of Mainely Quilling have a beautiful, precise style... each coil is placed with thoughtful attention. I met Stacy via Instagram (@mainelyquilling), and then again when I joined the Contemporary Quilling Facebook group that I mentioned enjoying in a previous post. It was Stacy's idea to start the vibrant group where members are encouraged to share information and photos, ask questions, and post links that are of interest to all.

Quilled Lion - Mainely Quilling

While Stacy has a Master's degree in Technical Writing, she is currently working as an accountant and has been an adjunct professor and adult education teacher. However, it is safe to say that some of her favorite hours are the frequent evenings she spends quilling in the company of three cockatiels.

Quilled Lion - Mainely Quilling - Detail
Lion (detail) - mix of 1/8" and 1/4" strips

 Mainely Quilling Lion - in Progress
 Lion (in progress - 17 hours in)

Stacy also has dogs and a cat and is an animal lover in general... many of her quilling subjects have been animals, although a recent project currently receiving rave reviews on IG is this eye-catching blue and white mandala.

Quilled Mandala - Mainely Quilling

I asked Stacy if she would like to be interviewed and was glad when she agreed... I've been curious how she is able to be so prolific and quickly switch gears from perfectly symmetrical mandalas and on-edge monograms to playful animals.

Quilled Snake - Mainely Quilling

Tell us about your quilling style and process.

I often feel like the tomboy of quilling... on Instagram all I see are flowers, bright colors, hearts and other ultra-feminine quillwork, and then I look at mine and I see nothing but animals and other less-than-frilly subjects. For a while, my quilling stash rarely had a rainbow color in it! I was always ordering browns and greens and natural tones.

Quilled Labrador Retriever Trio - Mainely Quilling

I quill because it's an outlet and without it I go crazy. I always need to be in the process of releasing the creative energy that builds up inside me. I often work almost manically on a project and when it is finished it's like I can finally experience calm inside. It's a fulfilling process when I'm doing it for myself or loved ones.

Quilled Elephant - Mainely Quilling

How do you go about choosing your next subject?

When I'm creating something for myself, I choose the subject with my heart. I will think of a memory or a feeling I had and the object that represents it becomes my subject. For example, my mother's house and the church where I was married in Maine.

Quilled State of Maine - Mainely Quilling
 State of Maine

I'm a nature photographer during the summer so birds are a big theme with me. I stalk them with my lens when it's warm and with my quilling tool when they've flown south. The lion was made to symbolize my birth sign and its companion was supposed to be a scorpion to symbolize my husband, although I was sidetracked with a horse.

Quilled Horse by Mainely Quilling

 What is it about quilling that you find particularly special? 

I still draw and paint on occasion, but I like the challenge of the paper, as well as the fiddly nature of it. I'm a bit of a compulsive and I absolutely LOVE being able to let my inner perfectionist loose on a project. It's like heaven for my brain... micromanaging every single tiny piece of paper and putting it exactly where I want it.

Quilled Monogram - Mainely Quilling

Stacy accepts quilling commissions and can be contacted via her website Mainely Quilling. Find her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Quilled Targaryen Sigil - Mainely Quilling
 Targaryen Sigil from the Game of Thrones books

By the way, Julide Belen, another terrific quiller I met via Instagram and the Contemporary Quilling Facebook group, has just started a YouTube quilling channel where she shares tutorials that are very well done... just in case your fingers are itching to give quilling a try after seeing these appealing works!


12 comments:

Maureen said...

Great work!

MySpecialist said...

Stacy is here! This is fantastic, Ann!
Zoe Brener form Fb :)

Tranquillity Paper said...

I LOVE that lion and especially the insane level of detail. It's one of the most drool-worthy quilling pieces I've seen in a long time. Well done Stacy!

Deb Booth said...

Such beautiful work, from a gracious, funny, talented woman. Thanks for sharing Stacy and her work with us!

Ann Martin said...

So glad you all enjoyed the post - thanks for taking the time to comment!

Jan Castle said...

Totally STUNNING work - have not seen better!!!! These pieces are amazing - what detail!!! Kudos to the artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paper Hugs,
Jan

HalfWhit said...

Wow, just wow!

Stacy Bettencourt said...

It's so weird seeing my name in a bonafide article! :) It's so exciting. You can't imagine how much I appreciate being recognized in this way. Sometimes it's hard to believe that paper can bring both the artist and the appreciator so much joy. Thanks for all the kind words everyone.

Quilly Nilly said...

Absolutely gorgeous work. Love the way the dog's are done, so clever. And the horse head - just amazing. And the elephant, love how the legs are implied but not totally outlined - just love the the style of all the different pieces.

Harshita said...

Beautiful and amazing work!! In love with the horse and mandala ��.Yaayy it feels so good to see someone you know(though through FB only) in such articles.

Gail said...

Wow! I LOVE the subtle but powerful use of colors, especially in the lion and horse. And that elephant is too cute!

Ann Martin said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment, everyone. Stacy's work truly has a way of capturing attention!

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