Artist Uses Folded Paper To Make Amazing Pieces That Look Like Colorful Paintings

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016  —  By Madeline Distasio  
Madeline Distasio

Madeline Distasio

Writer and editor holding it down in Philadelphia. Interests include drawing, exclusively wearing black, having too many books to fit in my tiny apartment, and choosing my dachshund over people.

All you have to do is turn on the TV or flip through a magazine to watch the media rob aging of its beauty.

It's an honor to grow old. Despite all that, cosmetics companies spend millions on making us fear the inevitable by presenting it as something ugly. One artist by the name of Yulia Brodskaya is flipping the script on aging by creating stunning works that celebrate the vibrance of living a long, full life.

Her portraits serve as snapshots of the wiser set, and they look like paintings at first glance. When you take a closer look, however, you'll notice that every wrinkle and crease is brought to life with bits of folded paper.

Brodskaya pays vivacious, reverent homage to the art of growing old.

Although she once equated her quilling process to drawing with paper, her recent foray into jewel-toned hues brings a painterly vibe to her latest work.

This approach to quilling helped Brodskaya rack up a seriously impressive client list that includes the likes of Neiman Marcus, Hermes, and Starbucks.

There's something revelatory about her work that calls on viewers to see familiar sights with fresh eyes. It's no wonder some of the biggest commercial heavy-hitters in the world want to mark their brands with Brodskaya's unique stamp of creativity.

For some insight into her process, take a look at the video below.

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To learn more about the artist, be sure to check out her website. For regular updates, follow her on Facebook.

 

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