An Artsy Affair

CreamCam20150806234128Mrinal Patil- Desai completed her mechanical engineering studies in the year 2014. She is a highly regarded paper artist. She uses two simple materials-paper and glue, and a simple technique that involves the placement of carefully cut and bent strips of paper -to make lush, vibrant, three-dimensional paper artworks. She adds “Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many different methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of drawing on it”. 

 Quilling which is also known as paper art came to her as a drastic change in career and is now her life. It takes courage to  follow your heart. She could have easily got a job in a MNC with her engineering degree but creative people are unique and they stand out from the crowd.

After few months of job search, she decided to take her hobby as a full time and explore the world with it. She adds, “During my graduation days, I got few opportunities to showcase my talent through cultural festivals and different competitions and events. When everyone was busy in search of job after engineering, I was like why I would work under anyone, I want my ‘my job’, where my thinking my creativity has no limits, where I have satisfaction of my growth and there is no good or bad boss with good or bad colleagues. And sooner I got to know about Quilling as an art. The art of paper quilling has always mesmerized me- how a strip of paper can be turned in so many beautiful designs and can turn to variety of things…I search…and learned quilled jewellery through online tutorial. There are a lot of artists today making gorgeous and interesting work with this humble art form. For those who are unfamiliar with this technique, it involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. They can range from wall hangings, to cards, to 3D figurines and even jewelry. My mom believed in me, she encouraged me and we together participated for my first ever exhibition (3yrs back) at Swayamsiddha in Kolhapur city. I designed myself and came out with all well finished products like photo-frames, envelope and different jewellery (design and shapes) neat and well finished. Along with paper quilling I have paper clay and paper base jewellery too. People visiting my stall had a surprising reaction and ask is this really made up of paper? It was nice to get recognized for my art and creativity. ”

Soon after discovering her passion and unique style, Mrinal has swiftly earned a reputation for her innovative paper artworks. Her modern take on the paper craft practice has helped her build an impressive list of clients in just a few short years. She frequently takes part in exhibitions to showcase her paper art. Now after three to four years of dedication and experience, she is a known name in the field of Quiling. Her face book page is being liked by many- named as- Infinity creations which stands for making women more beautiful who loves wearing handmade jewellery. Don’t forget to follow her and like her page, it encourages her to work more creatively.

 More about the Art:

Quilling is a crafting idea of folding and rolling very thin sheets of paper into various shapes and sizes and using these folded strips to form various decorative designs. Quilling is introduced since the Renaissance age during that period the nuns and monks used the method of quilling in order to decorate the outer covers of their religious scriptures. The art of quilling slowly spread throughout Europe, America and more.

Quilling is a fun and exciting crafting idea it needs only some basic tools like paper strips, glue, scissor, a measuring scale, tweezers, muffin tin and cardboard. Basically there are two types of tools used for quilling these are the slotted tools and needle tools. Many artisans, instead of mechanical tools use their fingers for quilling. Heart shapes, coil shapes, scroll and spiral shapes are some basic quilling shapes. Discussed below are some popularly practiced, quilling patterns; Eye, Diamond, Petal, Leaf, Triangle, Heart, Oval, Holly, Eccentric coil and Half-moon.

Paper quilling is frequently used for making greeting cards or in wall art, like decorative canvases or framed art. Some folks even make wearable art-like earrings out of their paper quilled shapes! Also combine paper quilling with other paper crafts, like die cutting and rubber stamping.

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