Quilled Polar Bear wall art handmade

10"x12" | quilling
My Quilled Polar Bear is an 8" x 10" piece custom triple matted under glass and framed in a black oak wood frame, completely handmade by me in my New Hampshire studio.

This is my Quilled Polar Bear, a design that was requested to be combined with a wedding invitation. Why a polar bear?? The bride wanted the polar because her fiance proposed to her in front of the polar bear at the Zoo. So that's the story of my polar bear.

What is Quilling?

Quilling is a very old craft. Its name comes of the old practice of trimming the gold edges from books, and then winding the narrow strips of paper around feather quills, using the quill of the feather for the tool. Once rolled into circles and pinched into various shapes, the paper is used as texture and detail in pictures.

My own technique uses the quill work as a background and details to my original cut-outs of wildlife. The quill work simulates the feathers in the duck and birds, the scales on the fish, the veins in the wildflowers, and the fur on the moose.