“Initially, I was concerned about the limitations of the quilling technique and the material from which the work is constructed – paper & card – as it very much dictates what can and cannot be said within the boundaries of the chosen medium. However, this material limitation turned out to be a strength for me: there is the potential to contain thoughts and ideas in unique ways so that the medium can become a significant part of the message.” – Russian-born and UK-educated artist Yulia Brodskaya on the technique she has been perfecting over the past three years.
Quilling is a process in which strips of paper are rolled, shaped, and glued onto a backdrop to form an intricate three-dimensional image. The work is extensive and requires meticulous attention not only to the arrangement of the paper itself, but to the effects of light, elevation, and position will have on the viewer. Brodskaya uses these effects to her advantage, playing with the intensity and direction of light to enhance the versatility of the tone of her work’s message.
With a background in innovative paper designs and typography and a client list that includes such major names as Neiman Marcus, Hermes, Starbucks, and Anthropologie, Brodskaya has also worked extensively in commercial papergraphics, creating words, logos, and advertisements for international companies. Her layered paper work was recently featured as the cover art for New York Times bestselling author Jonah Lehrer’s book “I Imagine: How Creativity Works,” which focuses on the intersections between science, society, and the creative spirit. Her portfolio is viewable on her website.
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