Kim Nickens- Artist

2019 Show Schedule

First Thursday in NW Portland, OR
May 2 & June 6,  5-10pm
Portland Pride Festival, Portland, OR
June 15-16
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Astoria, OR
June 21- 23
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
July 5-7
Mississippi Street Fair
July, 13
Salem Art Festival, Salem, OR
July 19-21
Bellevue Art Museum ARTSfair, Bellevue, WA
July 26-28
Kimball Art Festival, Park City, UT
August 2-4
Art in the High Desert, Bend ,OR
August 23-25

Gallery Representation
Alberta Street Gallery
   1829 NE Alberta St,  Portland, Or
Dragonfire Gallery  
     123 S Hemlock St, Cannon Beach, Or 
 Blue Heron Gallery
1385 Bay Street, Florence, Or
Oceanic Arts
444 SW Bay Blvd Newport, Or


History of Quilling


Paper quilling, also known as paper filigree, is an art form that is over five hundred years old. The name is derived from the feather quill, on which the strips of paper were rolled. Quilling seems to be connected with the invention of paper in China around 105 AD. the first known quillers were most likely members of European religious orders. Nuns would create ornate designs of quilling to embellish religious articles. Quilling spread to England by the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It was brought to the American colonies and was taught to proper young ladies. 
The technique of quilling has evolved to using a hatpin, quilling tool, or even fingers to roll the narrow strips of paper, shaping each of the individual segments. The segments are then joined together forming the desired design, which may take hours, even days, to achieve the finished effect.
I started quilling about a few years ago. I saw a photo of quilling paper on- line and with one click everything changed. I self taught from u-tube videos, but mostly just trial and error.
My husband made me my first quilling tool while I waited for one to come in the mail. Most supplies I order on line. The tool was made with a wine cork and piece of metal. It worked!
 I have been creating ever since.
My work is always changing. I never get tired of it because there is always someting new to try.
Artist Statement
For me art is ones inner voice.
My name is Kim and I am a quilling artist.
I only recently discovered my love of paper.
 I feel lucky to have found this part of myself.

I create with paper, glue and a rolling tool.
It is a slow process but very enjoyable.
I am inspired by nature and
see it in almost every aspect of my work.

My work has evolved into a more abstract look and feel.
I enjoy traditional quilling
but find the most joy in creating my own
interpretation of the art form.