You’ve heard of Yulia Brodskaya, right?
Your brands have.
These stunning images are a few highlights from the Moscow-born paper artist’s quilling portfolio. Quilling, also called paper filigree, uses thin strips of paper or cardstock that are rolled, traditionally around a quill, then shaped and glued into particular designs. Brodskaya’s work refreshes what was once called a “lost art” and brings its energy and playful poetry to contemporary audiences worldwide.
This piece is the first in a series which the artist herself describes on her website as “a declaration of love to the material and the technique. It is also an attempt to raise a profile of this paper craft, which has been previously regarded with some disdain, and to bring this type of artwork on a new level in terms of its ability to convey meaning and emotions.”
The image above, along with a swirling canopy of verdant foliage, is available as a web face on Google Chrome.
Brodskaya sculpts all of her work by hand. Her dedication to detail is astounding; combined with furling color, tidal lines, and multi-dimensional structure, her art represents the mystery of human touch. In a world where mass production profits and cheap facsimiles are standard fare, the independent artist stands like a lighthouse. Given wholly to the careful construction of what amounts to love itself, their efforts remind us that authenticity matters, that passion radiates, and when open our hearts in the pursuit of dogged creation, our work will sing for all who listen.