Modern Quilling by Isil Pinarbasi

I'm always on the lookout for artists who are updating classic quilling in contemporary ways. Isil Pinarbasi of Isil Paper in Istanbul, Turkey is one such person. A longtime illustrator, she came upon quilling while searching for art supplies online just seven months ago and was excited about its possibilities.

Quilled Headphones

Isil ordered immediately papers and basic tools via the internet and taught herself to quill by doing practice projects like this one.

Multi-color Quilled Coils

Soon drawing was no longer her favorite thing to do, but in time she missed it and so began combining sketches with quilled elements.

Quilled Pinwheel

Isil says one thing she especially likes about quilling is that you can shape paper strips into whatever you imagine.

Cat Pencil Drawing with Quilled Vortex Coil

I'm especially impressed by her variation of the vortex coil created by Licia Politis several year ago. You can see the original vortex (that I have yet to master!) in Licia's Fruit Bowl pineapple. Isla's coil has a triangular center - so cool.

Quilled Vortex Coils

Isil is on Instagram as partialart.

Quilled Infinity by Isil Pinarbasi

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