Art in the Display Case: Artist Marjorie Dye “Quilling”

Marjorie Dye Quilling ImageMarjorie Dye began quilling three years ago with her original motivation simply to make greeting cards for friends and family.  Her work grew from there its delicate designs are now on view in the library’s display case.  In the 13th century, nuns and monks decorated religious items using strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges on books then rolled, shaped, and glued together to create  intricate artwork. The quilled results imitated the beautiful ironwork of the age and costly gold filigree.  Quilling work was taught in 18th century England as “a proper pastime for young ladies”. Today the craft is becoming increasingly popular, is simple to learn and its tools basic and inexpensive.  The quilling paper strips are readily available in craft stores and the results are stunning as you will see in this interesting and lovely artwork by Marjorie Dye.  When you next enter the library take a moment to view her work in the glass display case.  Marjorie is self-taught and is a member of the North American Quilling Guild.