Spring Updates!

Kathy will be at the Memorial Day Festival following the parade on Monday, May 29, at Baker Park!  Stop by to check out new jewelry and some of her other creations or pick up an item or two!

Items that Phoenix helped create!

New jewelry!

Paper quilling and needle felting!



New Year and Updates!

2017 has rung in, and Kathy has been working to update her studio hours for the year.  After taking a short break to recharge after the holidays, she is ready to reopen and has lots of neat ideas for the year!

The studio will be open from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays.  For $5/hour, you can come up and work on your own project if you need the space and good lighting.  You may leave your unfinished project understanding that there are no guarantees as to its condition or you can take your project home.

Watch for news regarding upcoming Easter workshops!


An example of a WIP (work in progress):

wp_20170125_20_07_13_proa Kathy’s hearts

wp_20170211_17_21_52_pro__highres Kathy’s water color and Amanda’s attempt at a heart!

wp_20170211_16_32_55_pro__highres Kathy showing her grandson Phoenix how to paper quill!

Paper Quilling

What is paper quilling?

According to Wikipedia, quilling, also called paper filigree, is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.  This art technique was developed during the Renaissance period, between the 14th and 17th centuries, and was used by French and Italian nuns and monks.  Quilling was used to decorate books and religious items.  Taking a long narrow strip of paper, they would wrap it around a tool called a ‘quill’ and then glue the tip to create a basic coil shape.  During the Renaissance Age, quilling resembled ironwork of the day.

In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe.  Gentle-ladies, or “ladies of leisure,” learned to quill as it was not too taxing for their gentle minds.  There are also some examples of quilling done in Colonial America.  Quilling may also be paired with embroidery or painting.

Where can you find quilling?  Tea caddies, wine coasters, coats of arms, jewelry boxes with drawers and/or tops that opened, ladies’ purses, and a wide range of both pictures and frames.

Quilling has changed through the ages and undergone many transformations with new techniques, styles, and materials.  Dimensional quilling creates 3D pieces!

This art technique has become increasingly popular in recent times due its inexpensive nature and accessibility to people from all walks of life.

Here is a close-up picture of a quilled chess board created by Kathy:



A Little Background

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Amanda (mandorac), and I’m Kathy’s cousin.  You may also not know that Kathy has a full-time day job.  For her to work full-time plus create one-of-a-kind masterpieces and teach others art and take care of her family, there is just no time for social media.  And that’s where I come in.  I’m helping Kathy get the word out about her Studio and her art.  A lot of times we’ll talk and I’ll use her words of wisdom for a post here or a Tweet there.

I use social media daily, not only to help Kathy out but also for my own website at LifeCitation.wordpress.com, for my genealogy group East Central Indiana Genealogy Alliance, and the local historical society.  In fact, Kathy gave me a really neat family tree poster-sized chart (16″ x 20″) to fill out and I’ll probably do so in her Studio because of the space and I want to work on my calligraphy.

family tree

Kathy really enjoys and excels at diversified art techniques, such as paper quilling and macrame.  I feel more creative doing paper art than attempting to paint or draw and I hope to learn quilling soon!  Kathy’s Studio is great for New Castle as she offers many different options for folks, along with traditional art styles.  She also gives back to the community, donating her time and skills, for various projects.




Future Plans and Ideas

I have many exciting plans in the works for my Studio!  I specialize in unique forms of art techniques, such as macrame and paper quilling but still enjoy the traditional art forms of sketching, painting, and watercolors.  I’d be happy to teach any of these to you.


Watch for a Christmas Open Housel!

I have also donated my time and skill for a super-secret project with the Henry County Historical Society so keep an eye out for that this holiday season.

I have one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewelry for sale in my gallery, along with quilling and needle felted pieces.  Contact me if you’d like to order something special.

Now is the time to put in your order for a handmade Santa Claus!  You must see him in person at the studio, then plan to order your own.


Finally, a family member of mine had surgery recently.  There will be some time this fall when I’m unavailable.  Please watch here, as well as my other social media sites, for updates.

Thank you! Hope to see you soon!