Quilling by Clare Wong Oi-Lan

Although Clare Wong Oi-Lan and I have never met in person, I feel like I know her through her warm and friendly posts at online quilling groups, and also via her clever paper filigree designs.

Care for sushi?!

quilled sushi on tray
Clare is a true testament to the fact that once one learns quilling basics, if she/he has artistic talent and dedication, it's possible to soon be producing creative designs. Typically seen quilled flowers and butterflies are pretty, but I'm especially attracted to the imagination, and often humor, in her rolled paper work.

quilled blue and red dragon
She's become an avid promoter of paper filigree in Hong Kong. In addition to roles as wife, mother of teens, and office manager, Clare has made it her mission to teach frequently. She offers one or two evenings classes per week to groups at handcraft centers, clubs, senior centers, and her church. She also has a website [no longer available], has exhibited her work, and demonstrated quilling on a local television program.

Rice and Tea
[Edited to add this explanation: Clare emailed to say that the Chinese characters are the Bible verse Ephesians 6:2 Honor thy father and mother. In old China, rice and tea were the basic foods served at meals.]

Since supplies weren't available for purchase in Clare's city when she began learning to quill, she cut paper strips by hand and rolled them with a handmade tool. Now she orders supplies from overseas to distribute at a reasonable cost, and also keeps the cost of classes as low as possible in order to attract new students.

Clare says she intends for paper filigree to be her lifelong hobby. There's no doubt her work is a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to others around the world.

Ann Martin
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  1. Loved your article on Clare. She is a talented artist and a lovely person. It is my honor to be her friend also.

  2. I loved reading more about Clare - I have been inspired by her fresh and creative approach to paper filigree designs.

    The sushi is simply delightful...I've had that on my 'to-do' list of things to try for several years now. Was fun to see it actually executed so beautifully!


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