An undersea fantasy

Octopus copyrighted

Now that the Quilling Guild‘s competitions for 2015 are over, I can finally share with you my ‘fantasy octopus’ which is pictured here.

This piece comprises literally thousands of quilled pieces, which took me well over six months to complete and assemble! The shape of the octopus is bordered with tiny solid coils (all fastidiously made without holes in the middle!), while the grey infill pieces are a combination of tiny ‘S’ shaped open coils and mini vortexes.

The suckers are all solid coils made using sequential permutations of two carefully chosen sets of colours. They vary in size to reflect the pulsating movement of an octopus when it swims. On some tentacles two rows of suckers are showing, while on others there is only one row; this reflects the way the octopus constantly rotates its ‘limbs’ as it moves through the water.

I mounted the octopus on a multi-layered ‘mat’ of specialist papers to create a semi-transparent watery effect. This was accidentally enhanced when the piece was on public display in a marquee earlier this year, where high humidity and condensation produced unintentional ‘ripples’ in the background water in an unexpected act of serendipity!!

The photo you see above was taken BEFORE the marquee experience, which occurred when I entered the octopus into a competition at the highly prestigious Taunton Flower Show in August. I’m delighted to say that the piece received an award at the show, which was especially gratifying considering that it was judged up against pieces made using many other ‘mainstream’ craft techniques such as embroidery and cross-stitch. Below you can see a photo of it at the show, in its ‘rippled’ state – which I now consider to have been a very ‘happy accident’!



11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pilynunez
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 10:44:47

    Congratulations! It’s an amazing piece of quilling art.



  2. sathyakala
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 11:40:21

    Congrats ….such a lovely quilling!!!



  3. shei70bur
    Sep 21, 2015 @ 13:29:27

    Absolutely superb, Philippa! Love him….



  4. Cecelia Louie
    Sep 23, 2015 @ 04:15:55

    Congratulations on completing such a large and beautiful piece Philippa! That’s quite an accomplishment. And then to receive great accolades – kudos to you!

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