On June 7th there was a lovely event at The Word is Art called “The Art I Do”. The event was hosted by our featured artist Ruchika Sachdeva.
Ruchika is a young artist from India who gave up a career in Journalism to become an artist. She loves to create many different types of arts and crafts such as Paper Quilling, Jewelry painting in oil and acrylic, recycle crafts and more. You are probably familiar with most of the art forms on that list but you just might be asking yourself “What is Paper Quilling?”
Paper Quilling is an art form from the Renaissance period that was founded by nuns and monks. They rolled and curled the gilded edges of the paper remnants from the book making process. These rolls and curls were used to decorate articles and objects as an inexpensive substitute to gold filigree. Therefore the art is also called Paper Filigree. In the 18th century it became a past time of the English ladies to decorate tea caddies, sconces, etc.
This art traveled across the Atlantic and was popular until the 1960s and 70s. The prevalence of this art form all but died out after that but there are still artists who do it for the love of it like Ruchika.
It takes several hours to create any design or picture. Each piece is an original work of art. Unlike paintings and photos it cannot be reproduced. So each greeting card or book mark or framed picture is actually an original work by the artist.
It is detailed work that requires hours of planning and patience. Ruchika says that normally she is not a very patient person; however Art soothes and calms her. Patience pours in from all directions while she creates.
Ruchika gets inspired by nature, animals, trees and flowers. Many of her designs show her inspiration and expert use of color. “Color is my thing,” says Ruchika when asked about what is it that is the easiest for you in quilling? She says nature inspires her work because nature is calming and soothing. And she feels that that’s what art should be for everyone that comes in contact with it.
We hope you find her work as soothing and calming as it is to her!! You can come down to The Word is Art Gallery to see many more beautiful examples of this art form.