To mark the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Warrenmount Community Education and Development Centre our class here at the Centre is working on a project using quilling techniques.
Monica, who attends the class, describes quilling, “as an art that involves rolling or coiling thin strips of paper into intricate designs and shapes.”
It is an ancient art form, possibly first practised with paper by monks and nuns to decorate religious objects. In the 18th century, ladies of leisure sat in their gracious drawing rooms and practised the art.
It is called quilling because originally the tiny strips of paper were rolled over goose quills. Today we use specially designed slotted tools and paper strips, which can be bought already cut.
To quill, you wrap the paper tightly around the quilling tool until you reach the end of the strip. Once removed from the tool, it is possible to maintain this tight shape and glue it to paper. The tight circles are perfect for making flower centres. If you let go of the tight circle it creates a looser circle, which can be pinched to form a leaf. A multiple of shapes can be made.
All of us in the class have a great fondness for the Centre and are proud and privileged to be associated with it.
The participants are all living locally and have completed many years of classes in the Centre.
I have been working here as a tutor for nine years. Every Tuesday I work at the Centre, delivering classes in art and design, appliqué, and painting.
As a class we discussed what the theme of our project would be based on and we came up with the idea of a tree.
Trees are universal symbols of strength, unity, growth and protection, which have deep roots, nurture fruit, and reach towards the sky.
Trees are places of birth and death; they are used as sacred shrines and places of spiritual pilgrimage, ritual, ceremony and celebration.
The project is progressing as per plan. There is wonderful colour to it. We are including a butterfly symbolising change, an owl symbolising knowledge, and local characters in the form of a fox, a robin and a blackbird, all nestled within a riot of flowers.