About The Artist

Daphne Lee • Glen Allen, VA

Daphne Lee is the Singaporean-born Chinese artist behind JUDiTH+ROLFE, a bespoke paper art studio based in Richmond, VA. She specializes in creating contemporary dimensional artwork out of on-edge paper strips, and her self-taught technique involves gluing individual strips of paper down on their edges. With her architectural and design background, the ancient artistry of quilling is reconceptualized with a modern sensibility.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

All work is done in our home studio. Individual strips of paper are cut and then carefully glued down on their edges to a backer, or to each other. The process roughly approximates the traditional craft of quilling or paper filigree work, an art form that has been around since at least the Middle Ages. In my method of working however, instead of using the decorative shapes typically associated with quilling, each strip of paper is treated as its own line.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I believe art should engage, be inspirational, and be accessible to everyone. Paper is a widely available, commonplace material. I love that a familiar material can be transformed from the mundane to the unexpected, with endless possibilities.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Since the on-edge paper has depth, the sculptural artwork lies somewhere between the two and three-dimensional space. Light and shadow become integral elements of the composition. The artwork responds to the light in the environment and changes with the viewer’s perspective, creating unique experiences.