Ever thought about taking up Quilling? I am interviewing Tina K Burton today and am about to find out for myself!
Could you give us a brief outline of what "Quilling" is please?
Hello, quilling, is the ancient art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils, then shaping them to decorate items such as boxes, and make pictures with. It was thought to have been started in the 16th century by nuns, who tore the gilded edges of books to decorate religious items.
How long have you been interested in quilling?
I saw some quilled pictures whilst browsing online around three years ago, and liked it so much, I wanted to learn. I'm a crafter anyway, and just love creating beautiful things.
Is it a difficult craft to learn?
No, not at all. It's easy, and relatively inexpensive. All you need are a couple of quilling tools, which are under £5, plenty of paper, and lots of patience.
Do you find it relaxing?
Yes, it's very therapeutic. I often sit for hours creating a piece of art.
Are there classes in colleges where one can be taught, or do you learn as an individual from a book or an online course?
I'm not sure if there are classes anywhere. I learned by watching YouTube videos, and I bought a couple of books from Amazon. Initially, I wasn't very good, but as with anything, the more you do it, the better you get. There are always new techniques and things to learn.
Have you ever thought of becoming a craft teacher?
That would be my dream job! To get paid for teaching people something I'm passionate about, would be perfect :)
What are your favourite subjects to quill?
I get lots of ideas for projects; some work, some don't. I enjoy doing flowers, as they are relatively simple, but I also like to challenge myself with different things. I've quilled a hot air balloon, the Houses of Parliament, a pregnant girl - one of my favourites, she's hanging in my craft room - I like doing words - often called typography - and I've even quilled over a photograph of the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.
Who is your favourite quilling artist?
Oh gosh, there are lots of fab artists who I really admire. Yulia Brodskaya is exceptional, and there's a couple of Russian quilling artists who are really good too.
You can see my work on my Facebook page, Quillina - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Quillina/1446989932205225?ref=bookmarks
If anyone would like to know more about quilling, or if I can answer any questions, you can message my FB page.