3D paper sculpture (and quilling?)

All is created by Calvin Nicholls ( http://www.calvinnicholls.com/)

How amazing the paper work is! The great master only uses paper and scissors. I wonder if the realistic furs use the technique of quilling(similar as fine cut fringed flowers).

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Calvin Nicholls enrolled in three year graphic design programat Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Experiments with paper sculpture began in 1984 .

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His first series of limited edition prints was launched in 1989 at the Buckhorn Wildlife Festival in Ontario and National Trust commissioned 15 wildlife sculptures for a national campaign in 1992.

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Woodson Art Museum has collected his piece titled “Flight” into the acclaimed Birds in Art Show for 2013.

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And here he is, a great MASTER!



Amazing paper filigree work

All of these are made of paper!

It has a special name “Torsion-weight”. The meaning is the production is made from twisted paper. The technique can make all kinds of torsion boxes, gifts, baskets, frames, vases, panels and accessories to women’s clothing (bags, belts, bracelets, chains, frames for pendants, etc.)


The basic material for it is a torsion-weight paper. You can use wrapping pape.
















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Filigree Tsekunova(Wood Filigree)


Does it look like paper filigree?

Actually, it’s made from variety of wood types: apple, cherry, plum, chestnut, alder, acacia, ash, hazel, buck thorn bush, red and lemon wood, ebony, rosewood, and many, many more wood types. This method of decorating received such titles as “The Belarusian filigree”, “Gomel filigree”,” sozh filigree”,” Filigree Tsekunova” or simply” Tsekunovka”. It was a forgetten ancient technique used in the XV century to adorn icons. Wood filigree master, Tsekunova Vladimir V.(19/07/1951-01/04/2008), revived this art, developed it and brought it back to life.

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When I play with tiny paper scrolls, my fingers are already sore. Thus, I really can’t imagine how the wonderful master carved the wood into thin strips and made them in such an amazing way.0405060708091011

If you want to learn more about this great master, please visit http://tsekunov.narod.ru

The first Guinness World Record for paper quilling

Amnah Al Fard, 37, a resident of Umm Al Quwain achieved the first Guinness World Record for paper quilling. The record is for the largest display of handmade paper dolls.


The photo is copied from Amnah Al Fard’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mannayah/166423695418

The requirement from Guinness World Records was to make 1,000 dolls, but Amnah Al Fard had spent two years to create 1,145 dolls!!

According to gulfnews,”One doll approximately took three hours to complete and one whole day to dry. Amnah said she spent a total of 3,435 hours on the project and used about 30,000 inches of paper and 4.5 kilograms of glue.”


Photo of Gulfnews

Quilling History

“Perhaps,” continued Elinor, “if I should happen to cut out, I may be of some use to Miss Lucy Steele, in rolling her papers for her; and there is so much still to be done to the basket, that it must be impossible, I think, for her labour singly, to finish it this evening. I should like the work exceedingly, if she would allow me a share in it.”

Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 23

Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.

During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items. The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day.

In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe where gentle ladies of quality (“ladies of leisure”) practiced the art. It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions. Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times.

Many quilled art works can be found on cabinets and stands, cribbage boards, ladies’ purses, a wide range of both pictures and frames, work baskets, tea caddies, coats of arms and wine coasters. Storage boxes, larger than most jewelry boxes with drawers and/or tops that opened, quilled lock boxes, and much more. Some items were specially designed for quilling with recessed surfaces. Quilling was also combined or married with other techniques such as embroidery and painting.

The craft has gone through many transformations and changes through the ages using new techniques, styles and materials. Dimensional quilling creates 3D items.

Today, quilling is seeing a resurgence in popularity with quillers (people who practice the art of quilling) on every continent and in every walk of life. No longer confined to the “upper classes”, this is a peoples art form and the beauty of the art is always expanding. The craft has become increasingly popular due to the low cost of the material. It is used to decorate wedding invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and boxes. Quilling can be found in art galleries in Europe and in the United States and is an art that is practiced around the world.


An Italian 18th-century portable reliquary casket made of bone, paper, “paste of all saints,” colored glass fragments, and painting on parchment

Quilling: Devotional Creations from Cloistered Orders  https://insidethevatican.com/books/quilling-devotional-creations-from-cloistered-orders