Quilling subject of upcoming program at Amboy 4-H center

 Melissa Crocetti displays samples of the quilling project program participants will be making during The Art of Quilling class.
Melissa Crocetti displays samples of the quilling project program participants will be making during The Art of Quilling class.

Oswego County artist Melissa Crocetti  will instruct the third program in Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center’s Nature Inspires Series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4.

The Art of Quilling workshop deal with the art form of quilling or paper filigree, which is cutting and rolling narrow strips of paper into coils of several sizes to create designs.

Strips of paper are curled, twisted and manipulated by fingers or tools.  The process, which dates back to at least the 13th century, originated with religious orders who used the gilded edges of old manuscripts to decorate religious artifacts.

It is believed the paper was curled around the base of a quill (or feather), hence the name quilling.

Today, this art form is growing in popularity with some modern day techniques and tools.

Crocetti is trained in graphic arts but has always done drawing and painting. She combines her love of drawing and painting with the crafting arts to create her whimsical paper sculptures.

Many of her sculptures are replicas of flowers, small animals and other natural items found in her backyard. Crocetti’s artwork has earned her several community awards.

She is a member of the Red Door Artisans, LLC located in Cicero.

During The Art of Quilling workshop, attendees will watch a demonstration on quilling before they try their hand at it. All tools and supplies are provided.

The program fee is $13 per kit. This hands-on workshop does require registration since seating is limited. To register for this program, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286 ext. 401.

Nature Inspires is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the state Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

The Art of Quilling is being held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center located on state Route 183 in eastern Oswego County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

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