Quilled G Clef – Paper Graphic (Contour Quilling).
I made this quilled G clef as a present for Lucian who celebrated his 32nd birthday this Sunday (Happy Birthday, Bub!). I started thinking about a little quilled gift for this occasion a few weeks ago and I decided at some point to make a greeting card with a musical theme because he loves music and a few months ago he started taking piano lessons. A ‘G clef’ seemed like a good idea and after a little bit of Internet research I found a wonderful pair of earrings which served as inspiration for my project. What I liked about them was the fact that they had a heart incorporated into the design which I found very cute. The score on the background is from Lucian’s favorite solo keyboard music: ‘Prelude No. 1 in C major’ from the ‘Well-tempered Clavier’ by J.S. Bach. If you are curious and have 2 minutes to spare, listen to Glenn Gould interpretation, I find it truly mesmerizing!
This is my first paper graphic project (credit goes to the incredibly talented artist Yulia Brodskaya) which I successfully finished, after two failed attempts at making floral arrangements. I am glad that I decided to give it another try. It must be true what they say: ‘third time’s the charm’. 😀 I tried to keep the design simple, no flowers or too many swirls.
Even though I initially wanted to make a greeting card, I ended up mounting the quilled G clef on a canvas and then framing it. I can’t help it, I simply must frame everything I create, probably because I like to see all those fragile paper strips safe, behind a 2mm glass!
I used 160gsm paper which I hand cut into 5 mm strips. The size of the canvas is 12cm * 17cm and the quilled G clef is 16cm long. The total size of the frame is 20.5cm * 15.5cm.
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