Worldwide quillers – Meet Pritesh (India)
In the first issue of Discover Quilling Magazine we were introduced to a lady called Pritesh living in India who is a talented quiller.
I invite you to read her interview and discover her quilling story. Enjoy!
1. When did you discover the art of quilling and how did it captured your attention?
Quilling happened to me by accident. Someone gifted a quilled envelope when my son was born (February 2011). I’d never seen quilling before. This intrigued me but I forgot about it. It was my sister, who later that year, talked me into trying it. Around August 2011, I did quilling for the first time.
2. Do you have an artistic background that helped you in this amazing art of quilling?
I don’t know if I could call it an artistic background but I had tried various things before, like sketching, floor drawings (called Rangoli), paintings in various media and henna. Being able to sketch definitely helped once I got into portrait and realistic
3. You do have a personal blog where you post your quilling work; How it all started?
Writing has been my passion for as long as I can think back. So, writing about quilling was an extension of the Art itself.
4. Tell us about the most challenging quilling artwork which you’ve created!
That would be Seattle skyline. This was an order from a very dear friend who has always believed in (challenging) me. She asked me if I could quill the skyline for her. My immediate response was, this isn’t possible but I couldn’t let go.
After some tussle with myself about the scale and planning of it, I agreed. My most trusted friend, Richa Kapre, helped me in finishing it. After 368 man-hours of work (split over 25 days) and ~ 27000 strips later (that add to about 8.1 km if added end-to-end), the 5 feet by 3.5 feet large quilled painting was ready.
*** For more information about Pritesh’s Quilled Seattle Skyline please visit her page.
5. How do you organize your work in order to have time for your family?
I try hard, I am not very sure I succeed. A large part of the credit goes to my clients who have been terribly understanding of my personal commitments. Organizing my child’s Day Care has helped me get a reasonably long time of focussed work. This also brought about a change in the family time I am able to spend.
6. There are a lot of beginners in the quilling art; Do you have any advices for them?
Try and try, until you succeed. And then, try some more to outdo your successes.
It is very important to keep creating new things, to go on testing your limits. Stagnancy is the enemy of creativity
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