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Mar 5, 2019

This Woman Quit her Job to Make Incredibly Detailed Paper Art

It can be terrifying to leave the security of a salaried job to pursue your passion, but this is precisely what Turkish artist Sena Runa. The former HR specialist now does paper quilling full time. Runa has the following advice for those yearning to do the same:

“Everything you create could be art, so if you believe that you make beautiful things, then you’ll see that everyone will agree.”

Quilling or paper filigree, is an art that uses paper strips rolled, shaped, glued or otherwise altered to create decorations. A quill is used to roll the paper to create coil. The paper is then glued at the tip and other coils are glued and arranged to form flowers, leaves, and other traditional items. Or, as in the case of Runa, violins, balloons, cameras and other things. French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling during the Renaissance to decorate book covers and other religious items. The quilling often imitated the iron works of the day.

Runa chooses colors that bring consistency to her work, while still exploring the parameters of the medium. Tired of templates she found online, Runa said that she started to create her own designs and sometimes incorporates pen and ink drawings in her creations.