HELLO THERE, I'M TRACY. WELCOME TO RUNNERBEAN!
Using an ancient technique called paper quilling, I craft long, narrow strips of paper into intricate and dimensional figurines, miniatures, jewelry, and other unusual pieces that reflect the vibrancy and joy I feel when creating them.
Although paper quilling has been around for centuries, my interpretation of it is unique: I’ve translated what is a fairly traditional form into a modern and fun style that I haven’t encountered anywhere else. I take this:
And transform it into this:
The process is slow and close: the long paper strips are rolled up tight and solid, or allowed to loosen and relax into beautiful coils. I sculpt and combine the paper into finished art pieces that will brighten your spirit and your space.
Art, in its many forms, has always been my passion: from the time I first held a crayon in my hand, I have sought every opportunity to express my creativity—painting, drawing and sculpting my way through elementary school, high school, and college. Since then, I’ve found that the tactile, almost meditative experience of quilling suits me so perfectly, and feels so magical, that I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I first encountered the paper quilling technique more than a decade ago, when I was planning my wedding. Perusing a bridal magazine, I spotted an exquisite paper cake topper that had been rolled and shaped into flowers and filigree leaves. Smitten with the photo and the intricacy of the art, I immediately purchased a starter quilling kit and never looked back.
I have developed expertise through years of practice and have refined my technique to create beautiful figurines and quill-work with precision and stunning detail. Please have a look through my custom work examples or my shop on Etsy. Please contact me if you have questions or just want to say hello! I'd love to hear from you!