Russian paper artist Yulia Broskaya turns the constraints of paper illustrations into beautiful works of art. Pictured above is a new portrait she has completed of an older woman smoking a pipe.
She has mastered the ancient technique known as quilling; coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create an illustration or design. Coiling has been around since the Renaissance. French and Italian nuns and monks used roll gold-gilded paper remnants trimmed during the bookmaking process, as an economical way to decorate religious items. Later it became a pastime of 18th and 19th century English ladies, who would decorate tea caddies and furniture. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day.
Yulia Broskaya papergraphics of people, typography, nature, and more, has taken the quilling method to an entirely new art form. She says “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.” Since her art is three dimensional, each piece provides different viewpoints and perspectives that change when you have the ability to see it in person. (I would love to see some of her work in person!)
By pursuing a way to combine her love of typography, paper, and detailed hand-made crafts she has created art and design that is loved by people and businesses world-wide. See lots more of her artwork.
I dream of a world where we all follow a driving passion to do what we love.