Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of thin strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. The paper is wound around a quill to create a basic coil shape. The paper is then glued at the tip and the coil shaped, these shaped coils are arranged to form flowers, leaves, and various ornamental patterns similar to ironwork.
One of Quyen’s cousin’s in Europe sent her and her husband a few quilling cards approximately one inch square in size. Although the designs were small and not of high quality, those cards provided the initial foundation that eventually lead to her to design quilling cards and pictures.