babushka paper portrait by yulia brodskaya babushka paper portrait by yulia brodskaya
oct 26, 2011

babushka paper portrait by yulia brodskaya

‘babushka’ by yulia brodskaya all images courtesy of yulia brodskaya  

russian designer yulia brodskaya is known for her creation of paper illustrations for which she has produced for many international clients. her latest project is more of a personal one. it is a paper portrait of a babushka holding a guitar, the first in a series of works which she is considering as her declaration of love to the paper material and the technique of quilling – a process which involves the use of paper strips that are rolled, shaped and glued to a background.

through this project, brodskaya wants to raise the profile of this paper craft, and bring a new perspective to this type of artwork and its ability to convey meaning and emotions. with ‘babushka’ she has carefully selected flesh tone colors of paper, shaping, arranging and layering them in such a way to emulate the wrinkles and creases of an elderly person’s skin.

‘initially, I was concerned about the limitations of the quilling technique and the material from which the work is constructed – paper and card – as it very much dictates what can and cannot be said within the boundaries of the chosen medium. however, this material limitation turned out to be a strength for me: there is the potential to contain thoughts and ideas in unique ways so that the medium can become a significant part of the message. thus, after working with paper quilling for over three years I am at a point where I don’t feel constrained by the technical challenges of the medium; I’m eager to keep experimenting, and this piece is just a beginning.’ – yulia brodskaya

below is documentation of the various stages of the construction process of the paper portrait:

via my modern met

  • beautiful!

    Jason R says:
  • wow

    max says:
  • Fantastic work!!

    ANTc says:
  • fantastic and inspiring

    Dany Lipsker says:
  • great great great!

    brodba says:
  • amazing beyond words!

    alynn says:
  • very impressive.
    i take my bow.

    buzzoff says:
  • wow!!!
    simply amazing !

    seven says:
  • Yikes.
    Why so deliriously happy about the stereotyped and vastly sentimentalized image of a pitiful yet vaguely menacing/scary old woman?
    “Babushka” may be an iconic theme and even an archetype in Russia and the former USSR, but it is still a sentimentalized, pitiful and kinda scary image.
    There are other ways to portray elderly human women that don’t reduce them to a pile of wrinkles and twinkles, menacing or otherwise.
    Please. Do tell.

    EveEleven says:
  • Eve, she may be a pile of wrinkles but it looks like she’s about to shred on her mighty ax!

    Miel says:

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