Yulia Brodskaya is a Russian artist known for making detailed illustrations using paper ribbons and glue to create vivid designs. The technique she used is called quilling, based on the use of rolled strips of paper glued onto a neutral paper background. The gifted paper artist re-popularized the centuries-old practice with her delightfully colorful creations.
Yulia Brodskaya started working as a graphic designer and illustrator in 2006, however quickly abandoned the computer programs in favor of paper art: “Paper always held a special fascination for me. I’ve tried many different methods and techniques of working with it, until I found the way that has turned out to be ‘the one’ for me: now I draw with paper instead of on it”.
Brodskaya continues to produce elegant paper portraits, mixing geometric and organic forms through paper quilling to establish the details of each face. Alternating between decorative and documentary, the paper artist experiments with a visually stimulating blend of abstraction and realism. Each tightly packed portrait has its own story to tell, offering a glimpse of narrative, but opening it up to the viewer to fill in the blanks.
Over the last few years Brodskaya has been commissioned to create pieces for dozens of corporate clients from Starbucks to the New York Times. To see more of Brodskaya’s innovative work, you can now follow her on her newly minted Instagram account.