What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Paper, Glue, and Magic


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Yulia Brodskaya

A former early education school teacher, my mother was an absolute wizard at finding creative art projects for us to try. As much as I enjoyed playing outside, Mom’s rainy-day projects used to have me praying for weather. We spent a few of those happy days paper quilling, and I remember how much we enjoyed it. But I don’t think it ever occurred to either of us that someone could make an actual lucrative career out of twirling skinny strips of paper!

But paper artist Yulia Brodskaya does just that. With a long and impressive client list that includes such varied companies as Starbucks, Hermes, Issey Miyake, and Reader’s Digest, she continues to lead the paper artist pack with her beautiful, unexpected pieces, many which incorporate typographical art.

“I always had a special fascination for paper. During my Graphic Design studies, I tried some Origami, made hand-made paper sheets, collages etc – more like a personal hobby really. It just took me a while to find the technique/style that I really enjoyed and make it truly mine”

In addition to the joyful pieces you would expect from such an art form, Brodskaya also uses her medium to create surprisingly moving portraits of the elderly. As she points out, paper makes great wrinkles!

You can follow Brodskaya on her website and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

All images property of Yulia Brodskaya.



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

27 thoughts on “Paper, Glue, and Magic

  1. Wow. Just, wow. These are amazing.

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  2. So beautiful and creative!

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  3. My brain does not have the ability to think up something as beautiful as they are. Love all of them. Hal

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  4. Now that’s taking a simple art and elevating it to heights unknown. I had no idea paper twirling could be so high class!

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  5. Now you know as a paper artist I love this. It is time consuming but boy is she good. I especially like the fish.

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  6. How beautiful – thanks for sharing!

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  7. What stunning creations! Who knew, eh?
    Just to tell you – typo alert – “also uses her medium to creates ”
    Love your blog; I try to visit as often as time permits!

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  8. Seriously impressive. I love that the video made it look like it was an accessible art form when actually it is some kind of wizardry. I remember doing paper quilling with my aunt when I was a wee girl but we just did abstract stuff that didn’t require any planning.

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  9. Wow. Beyond words.

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  12. Ah you have hit upon a weakness of mine…crafting with paper…yes! Great stuff here! ~MB

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