If you’ve ever been on Pinterest or Instagram, chances are you already admired exquisite examples of quilling artist Sena Runa’s work. “But what’s quilling?” you ask. For those of you who don’t know yet, I’ll spare you the wikipedia trip: quilling is a form of art that involves the use of strips of paper which are rolled, looped, curled, twisted and glued together to create shapes which make up beautiful, intricate designs.
2015 was a good year for Sena Runa. In January 2015 she quit her job as a HR specialist and started designing artworks using paper quilling technique as a full time job. “I began quilling in 2012,” she says. “While I was searching the internet for inspiration to find the right hobby for me, I found a colourful picture that was made from paper using the quilling technique, but I had no idea what it was called. I tried to make it, but it turned out awful! Then I explored many quilled creations online, but soon found my own style of combining paper quilling and sketch. I design my own templates. Creating your style gives you a sense of freedom. I really enjoy designing things that I’ve never seen quilled by anyone else.”
Sena Runa now works 7 days a week, but she enjoys every second of it as her creations bring “fruitful colors to the lives of others”.
If you feel inspired by her work, make sure you drop us a note in the comments about your hobby and what it would take to quit your day job.