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ABOUT

A maker at an early age, Griffin crafted her way through childhood, quilling for the first time in the third grade, a vase of flowers! But tt would be another 20 years before she tried her hand at quilling again. During that extended quilling "hiatus" she pursued her other creative passions, architecture and interior design.  Designing barbie's dream house and sketching up reimagined floor plans for the homes of friends and family. That passion lead her to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural studies  and then a Master of Arts in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She followed that up with a career in commercial and residential design while also teaching interior design online to undergraduate students.

 

In July of 2016, in search of a creative outlet that didn't require the use of her computer and while on the hunt for sculptural art for the walls of her home, Griffin rediscovered quilling and  this time she was hooked! She put her own spin on the centuries old craft  by ditching the backing traditionally used to display quilled coils and instead glued the coils to each other resulting in textural and semi-transparent paper tapestries that offered the texture and personality the walls of her home where missing.

 

Griffin's work has been juried into group art shows including the 10.10.10 Exhibition in 2018 at the Fayetteville Arts Center and the North Carolina Fine Art Societiy's Exhibition in 2019 at the Contemorary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC. Her unique approach to quilling was recognized as a finalist in the 2019 Etsy Design Awards: Inventive Decor Category and her work as been featured on Design Sponge and All Things Paper.

A Chicagoland native, Griffin now resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband who serves in the Army and their three young children.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My love of quilling comes from the process of hand cutting, rolling, folding and configuring paper, transforming this two dimensional material into a three dimensional object. The textures , patterns and forms found in the built and natural environments as well as the traditional decorative arts of ceramics and textiles heavily influence my work. Ultimately, my practice is a constant experiment in exploring the three dimensional potential of paper and the unexpected use of  this familiar material.

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