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Yulia Brodskaya is a British artist making the most beautiful artwork out of paper. Right here you can discover her amazing quilling technique, and take a look at some of her unique artwork which she made only by using paper and glue. 

If you are crazy about Yulia’s artwork, you can support her in her new crowdfunding campaign here. The limited edition by Yulia is called Spirits and you can see it here below. It is a portrait which is inspired by shaman culture and traditions. 

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HOW DID YOU DISCOVER PAPER CRAFT/QUILLING?

My background is in graphic design, but I always had a tendency to use hand drawn illustrations quite a lot and have been interested in various forms of paper craft since school years (as a hobby). It took me quite a while to find my own way of bringing together my love of paper with my experience in graphic design, especially my interest in typography. I started to use edge-glued paper technique more than 7 years ago.

The first such paper artwork that I made was my name ‘Yulia’ – I was looking for an eye-catching way to illustrate my name for promotional purposes. Somehow I remembered this method of edge-gluing strips of paper and started gluing the letters of my name(at that point I had no idea it was called Quilling). That was the starting point for my further experiments with paper and typography; quoting other people, I made quilling cool, modern and gave this old paper craft technique a new life and significance.

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See Yulia's crowdfunding campaign on Artboost right here.

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HOW IS YOUR CREATION PROCESS? 

I always make detailed sketches first and at this stage might look for some references for inspiration and do a quick research. Having a clear idea of the design at the sketching stage is important because once a piece of paper is glued I can’t remove it without damaging the background to some extent. However this has never been a real issue: the process is so slow, that I get plenty of time to see and evaluate how a particular strip of paper looks in the composition and remove it straight-away, if necessary.

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You can check out how this amazing portrait was created here.

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE ONE OF YOUR ARTWORKS?

These paper artworks can take from a couple of days to couple of weeks or even longer – it all depends on the level of detail, size and design complexity; there are hardly any short-cuts – if you want to create something beautiful and intricate you have to spend long hours working on the piece.  

When I work on a large and intricate artwork (such as portraits) I try to distract myself with audiobooks, music, films on the background - anything that will stop me thinking the thought that should be avoided at all times, for instance: ‘I can’t see the end of it’, ‘it is going so slow’ and all the possible variations of it. So when I’am asked ‘how long did it take exactly’, my answers is often 'LUCKILY I don’t know'. Having said that, in all these years I never missed a deadline when working on commercial projects.

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See Yulia's crowdfunding campaign on Artboost right here.

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You can see Yulia's crowdfunding campaign with here limited edition from the photo above right here.  

Anders Cederholm

Anders Cederholm

I have a deep passion for art and I have been collecting art for some years now - to be honest, it's a bit addictive :)
I have done all kinds of artistic creations myself, not all succeeded actyaly most didn't. Lately, I have been experienting with a style I call Photo DJ'ing. I mix different photo's to create the expression I'm looking for.

Besides that, I'm a part of the Artboost team - which is my dream job!

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