Monthly Archives: June 2015

The mother of invention?

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. In my case, however, it’s always been a passion for experimentation that drives me forward in my quilling. So experimentation is most definitely the mother of invention for me!

Back in the days when I was blogging more frequently than I’m able to do now, I had a bit of a reputation for trying out new ideas. So here, in that same vein, is another experiment of mine which might perhaps inspire others to get the creative ‘juices’ flowing!

tree copyright croppedThe inspiration for this quirky looking ‘tree’ came from an antique ostrich feather fan which I saw in a museum. I noticed that the shafts of the feathers were firmly fixed together side by side at the base of the fan, but the soft wispy parts of the feathers spread randomly up and away from their shafts to form an interesting, unstructured two-dimensional effect. With this in mind, I glued a bundle of strips together at their bases and twisted their remaining lengths randomly in a variety of closed coil, tendril and open coil shapes, rolling at an angle in order to lift the twists upwards to create random multi-dimensional patterns. I also experimented with crimping short sections of some of the strips to achieve added interest in terms of texture. This was achieved by gently folding the strips, inserting the fold into a crimping machine for a few short turns, reversing the cogs to release the strip and then straightening it out again. By doing this, it was possible to make a strip which has a small section of crimping along its inner length while the two ends remain flat.

I used this technique recently in another piece, too, in an attempt to create something that looks a bit like seaweed!

seaweed copyright cropped

The message behind all this, I suppose, is that quilling does not have to be conventionally two-dimensional or three-dimensional – it can actually end up as something in between! Vive la différence!