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Yulia Brodskaya

Yulia Brodskaya (born in 1983, Moscow) is an artist and illustrator best known for her handmade elegant and detailed paper illustrations.
Originally from Russia (Moscow), she is now based in the UK. Prior to moving to the UK in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine Art practices.

 

Following an MA in Graphic Communication (2006, University of Hertfordshire) she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects.

 

“Typography is my second love, after paper and I’m really happy that I’ve found a way of combining the two. Having said that, I don’t want to exclude non-typobased designs, I’d like to work on different projects,” says Yulia.

 

She has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations and continues to create beautifully detailed paper designs for clients like Nokia, Starbucks or The New York Times.

 

 

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Artist Statement

I believe that one of the main reasons I enjoy the papercraft, is due to my love of the material: paper.
Although I’ve always had a special fascination for paper, it has taken me awhile to find my own way of working with it; and then it took a little longer to find out that the technique I have been using so intensively is called quilling – it involves the use of strips of paper that can be rolled, shaped, and glued to the background.

 

This artwork is the first piece in the series of works which I consider a declaration of love to the material and the technique.
It is also an attempt to raise a profile of this paper craft, which has been previously regarded with some disdain, and to bring this type of artwork on a new level in terms of its ability to convey meaning and emotions.
Initially, I was concerned about the limitations of the quilling technique and the material from which the work is constructed – paper & 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.

 

 

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya
Paper Art by Yulia Brodskaya

It would be difficult to avoid mentioning one of the question’s I am often being asked about my commercial paper works, which is, ‘How long does it take’.
Obviously this work took a lot longer than any of the commercial works I’ve done so far.
In this laborious work the process has also become important: to my opinion, spending endless hours and days on a piece of work gives the suggestion of great care; not in vain the notion of ‘care’ is implied in the word ‘to craft’ itself.
Being a three dimensional object, the artwork offers multiple views depending on the angle of perception and the intensity and direction of lighting. These things can drastically change the visual experiences and emotional message of the same artwork.
The rough snaps below should not only help to see some work in progress stages, but also demonstrate the versatility that can be achieved by playing with lighting and angles.

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