Everything you create could be art, so if you believe that you make beautiful things, then you’ll see that everyone else will also agree. A lot of people do quilling as their favorite crafting pastime but this art form is not new. This paper art has existed since the invention of paper. Quilling is the art of cutting paper into long thin strips, rolling and pinching the pieces into different shapes, and then gluing the shapes together to form decorative art. Paper quilling projects can be used to decorate cards, boxes, gift bags, picture frames, or even be made into 3D stand-alone art pieces.
Sarona Dsa quills paper to creatively express the inspiring world around her. Each swirling sliver of colorful paper adds shape and life to her bright and uplifting compositions. Perfecting her craft over the years her creative imagination makes her possibilities unlimited. Sarona has a passion for quilling, which is why she can keep creating even while juggling a job with odd working hours. One of the most rewarding aspects of an artist is seeing their customer’s concept brought to life. Sarona has proven to do this with ease which is why her work is loved by a lot of Goans. Other than being neat, each piece is unique from the other. Along with quilling, Sarona also makes various colorful hair ties and bands as well.
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At Goan Insider, we spoke to Sarona to learn how she perfected this beautiful form of art. The excerpts of our conversation are below.
Tell us a little about yourself. What got you interested in quilling and making cards?
Ever since I was a kid I loved drawing, painting, and especially paper crafts. I used to do decors for school functions or any occasion as a hobby, I loved doing it. The majority of my family members are really creative in their own ways. Like any other kid, I had a lot of things I used to be passionate about but crafting was something I could do for hours and not notice the time that passed by.
What were your first projects like?
My first projects were just simple cards, I learned quilling later which took over. Also, in January of 2019, I had found some of my mom’s old hairbands and ties and wore them to collect. A lot of people would ask me where I got them from. So, I started making those too!
When did you first realize that you wanted to make this into a business and why?
At the age of 15, I started making customized cards and displaying them on Instagram. Though it was very off and on when I started that’s when I fell in love with the art of quilling after taking a break, I got back to it during the month of May 2017 and that’s one of the best decisions I have made.
How is your creative process? How do you generate new ideas?
The different flowers I see, that attracts me the most. But, most of my work revolves around customization. So my clients give me the idea and I create it.
What makes you unique? How long did it take to develop these techniques?
It’s definitely the quilling style and neatness. I do quilling which is basic flowers to advance levels like quilling a portrait. I don’t remember how long it took but I started in 2014 and I just noticed it getting better and better with practice. It still does!
What were the challenges you faced when you just started and how did you overcome them?
When I started posting my work on Instagram back in 2014 it took time to pick up. I was only 15 years old and Instagram was where everyone was/ started to join and I decided to use it and later Facebook to sell my work. It took time but it picked up well and now I am so happy to see so many people using the same platform. I am a complete sucker for handmade and I always support it.
What product(s) or service(s) does your business offer?
Quilling frames, customized gifts and various hair ties and bands.
How has the response been towards your art?
I never get tired of people telling me how neat it is, that’s my biggest flex. Also my clients keep telling me that’s the reason why they trust me to make something for their loved ones.
How do you advertise your business?
I only use Instagram because I take limited orders a month.
What are the common quilling mistakes people make and how to fix them?
It’s the glue! You have to constantly wash your fingertips and having a bowl of matter next to you is essential. Otherwise, your work is going to be really messy with the glue.
For those that would like to try paper quilling for themselves, what are your top tips for beginners?
Always start from the basic, don’t jump to a higher level without brushing up on the basic. It’s a step by step process. I got better when I started teaching myself beginner level techniques.
What do you love to do in your free time when you aren’t creating?
This is actually my side business. I have a job and I have odd hours of work. I go to work at 6:30 pm, get back home by 4 am, wake up at 1pm and start with my orders from 2:30 pm till 5 pm. I always try to keep my weekend really relaxing and it includes exercising.
How can our readers stay connected with you as well as your brand?
Please follow me on Instagram Quilling by Sarona.
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