The purpose of my projects was to explore the means which crafts such as quilling could be modernised and become a part of contemporary design. The first craft I started researching was quilling. Quilling started being practised by French and Italian nuns in the 16th and 17th century. It was practised as a cheap alternative to carved ivory and wrought iron by churches who were financially struggling. The purpose of this craft was to create a new decorative alternative for religious objects. Later on, working-class women would use quilling to decorate work panels, coats-of-arms, tea caddies, workboxes, screens and cabinets, frames etc. As I started researching more into crafts and how they have evolved over time, I became more interested in learning new crafts which are believed to be practised first by women. My focus shifted on how women have been a part of such amazing crafts however, it did not receive the recognition it deserves and very quickly categories as domestic art. As an attempt to raise more awareness on the beauty and craftsmanship of these techniques, I have explored with materials to create pieces related to this.

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