The age-old decorative art of paper quilling transforms strips of paper into voluminous three-dimensional designs. Now, contemporary artists are exploring the possibilities of this traditional craft, including realistic animal portraiture and Impressionist-style compositions. Paper quilling artist Vesna Rikic uses meticulous techniques to sculpt arrays of colorful papers into ambitious designs that vibrate with energy.
Based in Bosnia, she has been practicing different forms of paper art, like origami and kirigami since she was a little girl. When Rikic discovered quilling, she was amazed by the extraordinary visual impact it could produce. “[The] picture[s] I create are entirely my choice and in them, you can recognize things I love the most,” she explains. “Sometimes when I like some painting I copy it in [the] quilling technique, and sometimes I just leave it to my own imagination and feelings.”
Depending on the complexity of the design, each piece can take days or even weeks to make. Rikic's paper rendition of Van Gogh's Starry Night, for example, required an extensive amount of coiling to replicate the swirls of the night sky. Likewise, her intricate map of the world required almost a month of time. The results are worth it, however, as each work appears as luxuriant as a painting.
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