Sweet, sweet curiosity.

This blog is all about things I have made. I happen to be on a paper quilling kick right now, but you can find intense embroidery, crazy gingerbread houses, steampunk clothes, ornaments, wackiness and sculptures on this site. So have fun and check it out!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Glade Run Logo Quilling


I was recently hired by Glade Run Lutheran Services to create some pieces for them. The first piece is their logo in what I call the crunchy technique of quilling.  This technique as I discovered is actually quite painful to do on this kind of scale, usually I will do small areas filled like this, however they wanted the whole thing. Thankfully my husband helped to scrunch the paper, or I would have been done for! 

I was very happy to work with them on this project as this organization, among many support programs, specializes in working with people that are on the Autism Spectrum.  As that has affected my family as well, I was pleased that my art could help support their cause. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

The birds of hope are everywhere, listen to them sing.

This piece was part of a commission from a very creative psychologist who I have mentioned before. She really liked the idea of a piece like this, which I had a bit of difficulty creating.  Originally she was inspired by the colours of a lovebird. She sent me a great image of two lovebirds cooing together, but she wanted the bird to be flying. Well! I was trying to make lovebirds look graceful in flight in all of my many sketches, unfortunately they just don't fly very gracefully and all of my sketches turned out- well, they didn't turn out. They certainly didn't embody the image of hope.  After talking to her some more, I realized my mistake and we settled on a sparrow for the shape, but went a little more stylized with the colours. 


Friday, April 25, 2014

Change can do you good.

This piece was created for the office of a psychologist, I have done several pieces for her and am about to do more. I love her ideas and have had a fantastic time working on them.  This goes together with an acceptance piece which I have also created. 
 I have kind of just accepted that I like quilling better when I combine it with watercolour, so I just basically do it now on most of my pieces.
Here are both pieces together!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Acceptance is a wonderful thing

 This piece is part of several that I have created for a very creative psychologist client of mine.  They have been really neat to do and I find I am quite challenged by her ideas. 
This is the first of a set, showing the chrysalis of a butterfly and the buds of a tree ( I forget the name of the tree, but it is specifically a tree that butterflies are attracted to) which are about to bloom. Then in the next piece... we see them bloom into "Change".

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Quiller Sacred Feather

 This piece was such a joy to create.  The family that ordered this has a wonderful tradition of getting a family gift for every year created by an artisan, I was honoured that this year they chose me to create something for them.
 The Feather is a red hawk tail feather which is Sacred to the First Nations. I spent a good deal of time looking at many feathers and learning about the hawks before creating this piece, which is something that I truly enjoy about creating custom pieces.
 I loved making this feather so much that I have plans to try different feathers from a variety of birds in the future... Any suggestions of birds with a beautiful plumage that would be fun to quill?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Quiller Dragon!

Arrr...  I loved creating this piece! It was too much fun to make a dragon with flames.  Purple flames that is.
I tried to make the letters look a little singed by being burnt, however, I was a little worried that it obscured the text... it says CMG. It is a little easier to read in real life, but still I don't think I would make that choice again.  Anyhoo, how fun!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Quiller Logo

 This piece is very large at 18 x 36 and was created for a company's office.  This is the logo for the company Plant Therapy,  which I was very happy to make for them. 

This is a picture of the piece still in progress.  Though it is difficult to see in the picture I used a variety of greys inside the text in interesting patterns.  I also used watercolour for the background of this piece, which I really think finishes the pieces in a way that I find much more satisfying than just using paper. 

If you are interested in having the logo of your company quilled, contact me on my etsy site, ACOCC.