Kim Nickens- Artist

​​Currently showing at:
     The Real Mother Goose                Portland

                   Dragonfire Gallery                           Cannon Beach 

      ​The Alberta Street Gallery           Portland

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
June 23 -25 2017
George Rogers Park

Art in the Vineyard
July 2, 3, 4 2017
Maude Kerns Park - Eugene, Or

Salem Art Fair & Festival
July 21-23, 2017
Bush Park

July 28, 29, & 30, 2017
Bellevue Square, Wa.

Sunriver Art Fair 2017
Aug. 11,12 &13
Sunriver, Oregon

Art on the Green 2017 
Campus of North Idaho College
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (West)

Aug 4, 5, 6 

Boise Art in the Park
SEPTEMBER 8 - 10, 2017
Julia Davis Park
Boise, Idaho

Local 14 Art Show and Sale 2017

The Left Bank Annex,

101 N. Weidler Street, Portland, OR 97221
Sept. 28,29,30 & Oct. 1

First Thursday Street Galley
in the Pearl
NW 13th / Hoyt


My art will make your life beautiful.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time -
 Thomas Merton

History of Quilling

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.

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 3 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.