I know I’m a bit obsessed about quilling.

    First I was curious. Then I became excited about the 3-D construction. Now . . . quilling-sena-runa-30

    I am completely blown away.

    Turish Artist Sena Runa quit her paying job to devote her time to quilling. This shows true passion . . . and a true artist.

    There is definite attention to detail . . . and it seems as though Sena is having some fun along the way. That is truly passion to me.

    Many of us would “rather be” doing just about anything than “work,” but very few of us leave the “job” in order to pursue it 100%.

    I know of others who have . . . and things have worked out well for them . . . but they worked . . . worked harder than when they were working for a salary . . .

    But, when you’re doing what you love . . . then it’s much like play . . .

    This could be true for Sena Runa . . . and she is an excellent artist . . .

    I am inspired by her quilled art.

    How about you?

    quilling-sena-runa-8Although this feather is flat . . . it is definitely three dimensional. Just like a real feather. All made from strips of paper.

    I know it is quite unbelievable . . . but so very much is indeed possible . . . if you give it a try.

    I loved the coiled paper for the “beads.” And the curl of the “feathers.”

    I just had to share some of Sena Runa’s work with you. I think we’ll be seeing many more of her paper quilling creations for many years to come.

    She sells her work from approximately $85. to $550. depending upon the piece and the amount of detail involved. They do come framed and they are not huge . . . about 91/2 by 11 1/2 inches.

    When you’re this good at your craft . . . the money will definitely follow.

    I can look at Sena’s quilled art and I am amazed by how she knows what to include and how to separate the piece.

    But, then, with practice and having a sense of what you feel by the shape of the piece . . . you will definitely know . . . and flow with that feeling.quilling-sena-runa-6

    It is wonderful to have such a talented artist for inspiration . . . challenging you to come forward and create something of your own that speaks clearly from your soul . . . your heart . . . your life force . . .

    Music and musical instruments have a certain “feel” to them. They would be excellent subjects for quilling . . . the coils and the curves . . . you can feel the movement . . . and with the color selected . . . this reminds me of the ocean and waves . . . and the crashing into the rocks . . . 

    Everything blends together in a symphony of the senses . . .

    That’s what I see and feel when I think about quilling and using it as an art form for self-expression.

    One of my favorite pieces of Sena’s is what I believe to be an outline of Mickey Mouse.

    It is beautiful as she made it, of course . . .quilling-sena-runa-1

    I see something entirely different that I would want to put inside . . . my feelings about the magical kingdom created by Walt Disney . . .

    And, given my age, my experiences go way back . . . to a time of fairy tales . . . and those characters that did shape my life a bit  . . . we are a product to an extent of what we’ve lived, observed and were taught . . .

    If the outline is a “symbol”, then what other symbols would be appropriate to include in the piece that would say “Disney” . . .

    Or . . . is this not meant to be the outline of Mickey . . . just a large circle with two smaller ones on top . . . maybe it means something entirely different to Sena . . . it is, after all her art piece . . .

    And, maybe my vision of the paper elements and the colors wouldn’t work as well . . . or would involve more time than I would like to devote to one piece . . . or an element of mystery is necessary for others to discover on their own . . .

    Then the question comes down to . . .

    Do we create for ourselves . . . or others?

    I do wonder . . . perhaps it’s a mixture of both . . . depending upon whether you want to sell it . . . or not . . . and if you actually know what the public wants . . .

    I want something that “speaks to me” or something that I truly receive a positive feeling from . . . maybe even something to stir memories . . .

    When I make mine . . . it will be for me to keep and to enjoy . . . I’m not interested in selling it . . . but one never knows if the time and price are right . . .

    We all have our tastes . . . and when we think of Disneyland or Disney World, we’ve all had our own personal experiences . . . and how would you best depict it in a quilled piece of art?

    It is quite challenging . . . and could be fun in the process.

    I hope this was inspiring for you.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon