We:30 Share & Tell: Candice Shares Her Love for Quilling

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we gather to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. In our Share & Tell edition, we invite the employee to share their unique story, or simply something that inspires them. This week Candice, one of our Junior Designers, shares her love for quilling!

I started quilling about three years ago when I saw a paper illustration online by Yulia Brodskaya (you should look her up; she’s phenomenal). Quilling, which is not quilting, is a type of paper craft illustration using small strips of paper. By gluing these strips of paper on their sides, you can create a three-dimensional work of art that has tons of movement and color. Using that as a base for your artwork, you can add on anything you’d like. I’ve combined the paper art with watercolor, pencil work, other icons made of paper, champagne corks, foil, etc. 

Once I started illustrating this way, I was hooked. Molding such a seemingly simple and common medium like paper into a beautiful composition is entrancing to me; I can spend hours at a time in an almost meditative state. At times it is tedious, but it is mostly just relaxing. I try to do it as often as I can, and I usually have a project going for one of my friends or family members. In the near future, I’m hoping to expand this work into some form of advertising, rather than just for personal artwork. 

My greatest quilling accomplishment so far has been the creation of the Jack in the Box gift card this holiday season. Not very often does an in-house designer get the opportunity to bring their hobbies into the corporate world, and I’m very thankful that I was able to do so. That experience has given me the confidence to market my artwork not only as something pretty to look at, but as a vehicle for a message as well. If you’d like to see more of my work, go ahead and check out my website, www.candicewarner.com!


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