Hi! I'm Carolyn Edge!
aka The Quilling Edge
Creativity has been a part of my identity for as long as I can remember. As a child, you could find me putting on plays with friends, playing the clarinet, submitting summer art projects to magazines, and dreaming of owning a boutique where I could sell handmade creations.
After graduating with a BFA in Drama with an emphasis in Acting from the University of Oklahoma in 2004, I spent several years traveling internationally. I worked for a number of different jobs in the creative industry in Austin, TX, then left my job at the end of 2019 with hopes of turning my passion into my own business.
If only I had known what was right around the corner...
Well, I don't think I would have done anything differently! Like it did for many, the pandemic cut out the noise and helped me focus in on what was most important. I became more driven than ever to create something meaningful with my handmade art.
I'm multi-passionate when it comes to art forms, and started my business under the name EdgeCraft with an intention to create in a lot of different media. But there was one art form that overwhelmingly received the greatest sense of awe from my audience, and I couldn't disagree. Nothing lit me up like paper quilling.
To more accurately reflect my focus on quilling, I rebranded to The Quilling Edge in 2021.
I learned paper quilling from a simple workshop at the Austin Public Library in 2017 and immediately became obsessed. The rest was self-taught, and I found my own style by using unique materials, pushing the boundaries of what's possible with the art form and bringing a modern spin to this ancient art form.
Oh and I live in an RV!
Yup, somehow my art supplies fit in there.
As the world changed overnight and our careers went virtual, my partner Hayden and I realized we could work from anywhere. We moved into a travel trailer in the summer of 2021 and have been traveling the country full-time since then.
We spend the week working for our own businesses, then on weekends you can find us exploring a national park, paddle boarding a lake, hiking with our 2 dogs, dipping in a hot spring or swimming hole, or sharing a beverage with locals.
Follow our travel adventures on Instagram. (I got WAY behind on posting and it's been dormant for a little while, but more coming soon!)
Updated September 2022:
We're currently in Washington and are making our way down the west coast over the next several months. Are you in our travel path and interested in setting up a workshop or other live event? Please email hello@TheQuillingEdge.com