Never Bored Creations
Paper filigree/quilling artist and living historian/demonstrator.
2015 – Best of Missouri Hands juried artist: Mixed Media 2D and Jewelry.
2016 – Awarded international accreditation by North American Quilling Guild.
2018 & 2019 – Early American Life Directory of Traditional Craftsman. Specializing in pre-Civil War era.
In costume, living historian:
– St Louis Arch Women’s History Month, Women of Empowerment; – Greentree Festival of Folklife, Kirkwood, Missouri; – Felix Valle State Historic Site, Ste Genevieve, Missouri.
2013 – North American Quilling Guild: 2nd place free-standing intermediate category; Ste. Genevieve County Fair: 1st place mixed media.
2014 – North American Quilling Guild: 3rd place in framed intermediate category; Ste. Genevieve County Fair: 1st place mixed media.
2015 – Ste. Genevieve County Fair: 1st place Fine Art
2016 – North American Quilling Guild: 2 second place awards: jewelry individual; jewelry set.
2017 – North American Quilling Guild: 1st place jewelry set
2018 – North American Quilling Guild: 2nd place accomplished framed
About Our Art
Paper filigree (also known as: quilling) dates back over 500 years and is accredited to the French nuns. Smaller monasteries could not afford to purchase gold and silver filigree artifacts. The nuns discovered they could take leftover strips of paper from book making and create the filigree shapes. They would then add those shapes to crosses and other artifacts. They discovered they could have the beauty without the expense. In the 1700 and 1800’s, ladies of fine households decorated many things including furniture and tea caddies, and created framed items, including the family coat of arms.
In the fall of 2011, I was bored and started searching my UFOs (UnFinished Objects) for a challenge. In one container there lay a paper filigree kit I had abandoned years before. Again, it peeked my interest.
I researched paper filigree/quilling on-line and discovered amazing things! Visually I was hooked and fell head over heels with the depth, colors and endless possibilities. A skill that I found tedious many years before has become a passion.
The process of taking a narrow strip of paper (standard size is 1/8 inch wide) and creating varied shapes that make up the foundation of a piece is mind-blowing to me. The simple shape of a marquise or a teardrop can become flower petals, leaves, butterfly wings, and much more. A simple sketch can be filled with quilled shapes to create an elaborate piece of art.
I love the feel of the paper, the twirl of the process, and even more, the connection to women from centuries past.
About Our Business
Spreading the joy of paper filigree one twirl at a time! I love sharing the pieces I make with people. I love getting to know them and knowing they are giving a home to a piece of my art; however, I love it even more when they take a keen interest in the art. That’s when I can teach them the joys of paper filigree and they can fill their lives with little twirls of paper!
Presentations and Demonstrations: Living in-costume historian of pre-Civil War paper filigree/quilling.
Check out my website to connect with my:
Classes: I teach paper filigree video classes on SkillShare.com.
Patterns: I have a line of “Get Your Twirl On” patterns listed on Etsy.com.