Monday, August 27, 2012

Quilled World Map

If ever there was a project to prove that quilling can be taken up by anyone with the desire to give it a try, this ambitious world map created by Amber Rousse of Sweden would be a prime example.

Quilled World Map

Amber told me she became interested in quilling while growing up in Minnesota, but completed just one project. That was the end of it until she happened upon quilling again in a craft book and remembered how much she had enjoyed it. Amber practiced a bit and experimented with different papers to determine which types worked best.

Quilling Layout

She used the most basic tools... cardstock strips were cut with scissors, a nail served as a makeshift rolling tool, and a pen tip shaped the mountain peaks. Amber began by quilling land areas and filled in the water around them; large swirls represent ocean currents. After six months or so, Amber had completed a unique piece of wall art.

Quilled Map Close

It came as no surprise to me that she's a professional photo retoucher, a career that began as another labor-intensive hobby in her teen years. Obviously Amber has a great deal of hand control and enjoys working for hours to perfect every strand of hair. She says she's blessed with "patience in monotony" that allows her to focus on fine details.

Thanks to fellow quiller Karren for introducing me to Amber's blog.

If you're interested in learning to quill, you'll find lots of basic instructions and ideas here.

23 comments:

  1. Yet another great find Ann. Really inspiring work and that too with simple tools that are easily available.

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  2. Ann, what a wonderful original piece of quilling!! Do you know what the dimensions are of the quilled world map? I love the water areas, with the ocean currents. Amber has done many many hours of rolling in that piece!!!
    Licia

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    1. Thank you for the compliment, the dimensions are 27cm x 50cm. I simply used a flattened cereal box for the base.... very crude!

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  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Aug. 27, 2012. Thanks again.

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  4. wow, this looks amazing!!! beautiful!!!

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  5. Wow that's so impressive! She did an amazing job.

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  6. This is beautiful! It reminds me of my second quilled piece, which is also a map. I'm from Sweden as well, but I quilled my map while studying abroad in Scotland:

    http://mariadavidsson.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/imgp7805.jpg

    http://mariadavidsson.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/imgp7807.jpg

    http://mariadavidsson.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/imgp7806.jpg

    http://mariadavidsson.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/imgp7800.jpg

    where the red is roads I travelled along while there :)

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    1. Hi Maria, thanks for letting us know about your map. What a nice coincidence and I love the way you personalized yours by marking the roads you traveled.

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  7. wow, that is amazing. So much work

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  8. this is really an amazing piece of art!

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  9. masterpiece ann.

    shylaashree
    http://adhiraacreations.blogspot.in

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  10. Great article, Ann, and thanks for the mention! Karren

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  11. An amazing and unusual quilling project. Thanks for putting us in the picture about the artist - that added to my appreciation!

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  12. This is incredible! What a talented... and patient lady!

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  13. wow awesome, must of took forever!!!!
    Paula

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  14. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome.

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  15. HI! I WAS WONDERING IF COULD POST THIS ON MY BLOG...AND MAYBE THE QUILLED COLLAGE AND I JUST THOUGHT THEY WERE SUPER COOL!! SO PLEASE REPLY...
    ANUSHKA

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    1. Hi Anushka, I'm glad you liked seeing Amber's art. Before posting photos other than your own on your blog, it's good to check with the artist first, or at least be sure to link to their website.

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