Lisa Nilsson, an artist based out of New York, uses a centuries-old technique known as quilling to create intricate patterns and images of figures and textiles. Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is a craft in which paper is rolled or shaped and glued together to create complex designs and patterns. First utilized by French and Italian nuns and monks during the Renaissance, quilling did not become popular until the 18th century in Europe, when women practiced leisurely art that wasn’t too stressful or demanding. Today, Nilsson uses Japanese mulberry paper to recreate images and figures, her latest inspiration being an Islamic carpet and the cover of an 8th century gospel.
Titled Jardine and Gospel, Nilsson laboriously created textile patterns and arrangements that are reminiscent of her inspirations for the two. According to Nilsson, Jardin, part of her Tapis Series, took her upwards of 8 months to complete. The ornate flowers, stars, and various patterns found within the carpet fill a 27-by-34-inch frame, which she says was mostly improvised as she slowly created the paper tapestry. For her work on Gospel, she utilized paper with gilded edges to recreate the gold that was actually used on traditional religious book covers of the time.
“The common thread I see among them is my attraction to the intricate, multifaceted, complex, detailed, and time consuming,” she says. Nilsson is also known for her quilled designs of anatomical figures and collections of specimen boxes.
Check out more of her work here.
[Via: This Is Colossal]