WXXI Arts InFocus – Megan Alchowiak – Paper Quilling

WXXI Arts InFocus – Megan Alchowiak – Paper Quilling


My name is Megan Alchowiak and I’m a
paper quilling artist paper quilling actually dates back to the Renaissance
when monks and nuns used to take the gold-edged Bible papers and they used to
curl them around quills and make shapes that actually mimicked at the time was
like metal filigree paper quilling definitely has seen a
resurgence lately it’s become more popular and people are noticing it a
little bit more than they have in the past they all start with a simple strip
of paper the main tool that I use is a slotted tool where the paper slides into
an opening at the top and then you twist the handle and you twist the shape you
can either curl it or pinch it and glue it together into a shape and then you
can assemble them together to create a design the style that I would say I use
primarily is really dense quilling I like to combine a lot of shapes right on
top of each other to make the final piece there is a new style called
on edge quilling where basically you’re shaping single strips of paper and not
gluing them into a final shape but really just bending them into different
lines and gluing them on their edge so it looks like paint strokes and from a
distance I love the colors of the paper I love the symmetry living in Rochester the flower city we
have a lot of lilacs and we have our lilac festival and that’s a flower that
I had strived to create a design for and when I was looking at the individual
buds of a lilac I was trying to figure out how I would recreate that in paper
and it involves two strips of paper that I shape and pinch and glue together and
then I glue those papers together so forming those individual buds and then
to create the actual lilac it’s kind of like a puzzle piece where I take each of
the individual pieces and place them with the tweezers and in a layout that
looks like a lilac bud and then ultimately gluing them down together
people don’t see paper quilling art as much I would love for them to see it
more but paper quilling art is unique also when you’re when you stand back
from it and when you can see the shape and see the design but then you get up
close to it and you see the detail see that it’s actually made out of paper
which is pretty surprising for many people you

Dereck Turner

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