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The Elaborate Paper Quills of Lisa Nilsson

August 3rd, 2017

New England artist Lisa Nilsson takes paper quilling to elaborate extremes in stunning anatomical cross sections, and opulent rug patterns. Both subjects invite an intimidating level of intricacy which is full appreciated by Lisa's talent and patience. The art of paper quilling is an antiquated one, pioneered by monks of the 16th century and subsequently lost to obscurity with the advent of mass printing. This body of work revives the ancient tradition with contemporary flair and a cartographic tour through design, human or otherwise. 



In her interview with All Things Paper Lisa talks about her methods and tools:

"My interest in quilling is mainly in its compatibility with what I see in anatomical cross sections. There is a strong thread of interest in the intricate, time-consuming, and the detailed in my art making, but I make periodic shifts in materials and techniques. I'll use anything close to hand that gets the job done - pins, needles, dowels, drill bits. I like to work with Japanese mulberry paper for its strength, flexibility, and the colors available." 

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Lisa's "Tissue Series" is currently on exhibit at the Mütter Museum until January 4, 2018.

All images courtesy of Lisa Nilsson.
See more on her website.

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