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Quilled Artwork of a Latin Dancing Couple

16. October 2015

Recently, I was commissioned to do an artwork by a Salsa enthusiast. He took to Salsa dancing a few years back. He grew quite passionate about it..so much so that he wanted a quilled artwork depicting this beautiful dance form for his Study. He had recently made a lot of changes to his Study and had designated a space for the artwork on one of the walls that faced directly opposite from his desk. Salsa, as we know is a very popular form of social dance with strong influences from Latin America. It wasn’t until I started doing some research about this dance form that I found out that it actually originated in New York! In salsa dancing, the man leads and creates space for the woman to move her body in the dance. The two need to be completely in sync with each other. To let a little confession out, a few years back I had taken some Salsa dance lessons. Although I enjoyed it, I couldn’t quite get the hang of it and so I decided to pursue other interests. :)

After exchanging a few emails back and forth, we settled on a design that had a beautiful flow to it and depicted the informal aspect of this social dance form in its simplicity. I was excited to do this piece for him. Initially, I thought this piece would be fairly easy to make compared to some other complex silhouettes that I have made in the past. But when I actually got to quilling it, I realized that manipulating paper to form these figurines wasn't as simple because of the many little curves and indents. What I thought would take me 3-4 hours to quill ended up taking 6 hours or so in total! But I wanted it to be perfect and neat! As I was quilling, I couldn’t wait to see the outcome myself. I used a combination of single and multiple strips of paper to bring about variations in thicknesses of the figurines. The end result was a beautiful artwork that captured the graceful and sensuous dance movements of this man and woman. Enjoy the pics below and feel free to leave your comments.

“I have been admiring the salsa silhouette and am having trouble getting started with work! Sending you a pic. I LOVE it. thank you so much.” - Sandip

Comments (3)

susheela on October 18, 2015

Beautiful,the pose and the postue of the dancing couple looks really very asthetic,congrats

Purva on October 16, 2015

I was one of the lucky ones to see it on the wall, this piece is exquisite! Good luck with your lovely art ! :)

Anisha on October 16, 2015

What a lovely post Marlene, thanks for sharing. With a few adeptly manipulated strips of paper you have created a piece captures movement and rhythm of this wonderful dance form. Keep the wonderful creations coming!

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