Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Quilling Anatomy

Head and Torso
mulberry paper
9 x 13 x 1 inches

Artist Lisa Nilsson combines the Mideval art of paper quilling and modern antomical science in her incredibly detailed (and accurate) assemblages. Using long strips of Japanese kozo, or mulberry paper, and strips of gilded book pages, she uses a variety of tools to curl pages into the right shapes to represent all the tissues in our bodies. I know that kozo is wonderfully strong, but it also comes in a large variety of colours, which makes it a versitile medium. She says she was inspired to start using quilling as a technique after finding a reliquary; the earliest quiller were nuns who started using the gilded edges of bibles as a creative medium.

Female Torso
9 x 10 x 3/4 inches

21 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

15 x 12 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

The detailed photos give you a sense of the meticulous work involved.

Profile (detail)
A detail of "Profile" showing the sinuses, front teeth and tongue.

Head II (detail)
A detail of "Head II" showing a cross section of the brain.

She explains that she uses gilded paper to tie her work to religious reliquaries and a little less to scientific specimen, but I cannot help but see this work also as beautiful and creative medical illustration.

Be sure to check out her other work in her portfolio.

Also, for another take on quilling human anatomy, check out the work of Sarah Yakawonis.

(via Craft, all things paper and artsake)

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