May 06 2012
In February I was contacted by a member of Friends of Smyrna Library who had seen my work at the Mable House Christmas House craft show sponsored by the South Cobb Arts Alliance. She said that they would love to have me exhibit my work in the Smyrna library display cases on the second floor and would I be interested in being their guest artist for May-June, 2012. Always eager to share quilling with others, I naturally said, “Yes.”
The Smyrna library is in a neighboring city and I had never been there, so after agreeing to the display, I drove over to take a look at the space. I was expecting a single museum-type display case like you normally find at the front entrance and was a bit intimidated by the actual number of shelves I was expected to fill.
Since it was for a library, I wanted to make the display as educational as possible. I created informational signs describing quilling, a brief history of the art, the tools needed (and samples of the actual tools – I have extras of everything), various types and widths of quilling papers, and a shape chart. I also displayed current quilling books, along with my purchased copy of the Florian Papp brochure and an early quilling book that show samples of vintage quilling.
To promote the North American Quilling Guild, I included photos of the Guild’s 10th Anniversary floral tribute from 2010, copies of the popular QuillAmerica newsletter, and left a supply of NAQG brochures on the podium for those interested in learning more.
The display will be up until June 30th. My hope is that everyone who sees it enjoys learning more about this wonderful art and that some may even be inspired to give quilling a try.
If you live in the area, please stop by and let me know what you think. The Smyrna library is located at 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080.