A great year for… Yulia Brodskaya

Brodskaya’s supremely elegant ‘quilling’ was everywhere this year

Russian-born illustrator Yulia Brodskaya first moved to the UK in order to study for an ma in graphic communication at the University of Hertfordshire. Now based in St Albans, much of her work uses an old technique called ‘quilling’ in which ribbons of paper are used to create often intricate designs.

“I’ve always had a special fascination for paper,” explains Brodskaya of her approach. “About a year and a half ago I was working on a small self-promotional brochure and wanted to create an eye-catching typo­graphic image of my name, Yulia, for the cover. I created a number of hand-drawn variants, but I didn’t like any of them. Then I remembered the quilling technique I’d once used, years ago, for a different piece.” With subse­quent commissions for the likes of Hermes and The Guardian, it was a good choice.

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