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Paper 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.

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In the 18th century, paper quilling was popular in Europe and then in Colonial America among “gentle” ladies. It was an accepted practice that wouldn’t be considered too damaging to a lady’s “fragile mind or disposition.” Runa’s dedication to her craft is extraordinarily detailed and she is exploring new worlds in regards to paper art.

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