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Vanessa Rasor: An Artist in Our Midst

From an outside perspective, Vanessa Rasor is an artist, though she might only consider herself ‘crafty’. When she’s not hard at work as a Senior Administrator of Digital Operations in Bend, Oregon, you can typically find Vanessa hard at work on one of her artistic ventures. No, it’s not painting. It’s not pottery. It’s probably not any form of art you’re thinking of right now. Vanessa is a paper quilling artist. And if you don’t know what paper quilling (quilling) is, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

“Paper quilling is the art of rolling, pinching, and positioning thin strips of paper into different shapes, then gluing the shapes together to create a larger piece of art. The standard size of quilling paper is one-eighth of an inch thick; though, some folks like to use one-quarter of an inch strips for large pieces of work,” Vanessa said.

A medieval art form, quilling is a hobby that takes as much creativity as it does patience and dedication. A recent resurgence of popularity has brought the technique to the 21st century, with Pinterest boards and YouTube channels dedicated to creating the elaborate, paper images. In fact, Pinterest is precisely how Rasor discovered quilling.

“I love making homemade cards and while looking through Pinterest boards for inspiration, I ‘accidentally’ found myself gawking at these beautiful pieces of art made from tiny strips of paper,” Vanessa said. But compared to making cards, quilling is a whole new level of craftiness.

Each piece of paper has to be cut and hand-spun around a small rod–typically something like a sewing needle or toothpick–before it can be glued down onto the rest of the project using a tweezers. For this reason, projects can take hours. Luckily a battery-powered spinner exists, which has reduced the time she spends rolling paper—by about 75 percent. Even so, Vanessa said she will occasionally still choose to hand-spin some of her works, like her most recent project: An image of a sugar skull made for a friend.

“The time itself really depends on the detail. With the sugar skull, I could have opted out of the little details and cut out about 8-10 hours of work, but I really wanted the piece to look compact,” Rasor said. “That piece –albeit larger than my personal average – took about 80 hours to complete, mostly because over half of it was hand-spun.”

They say patience is a virtue, and if that’s the case then Vanessa must have an abundance of it. One look at her work and you can see she is incredibly talented. With so much creative leeway quite literally at her fingertips, Rasor said it’s her family that inspires her work. As big fans of the Marvel Comic Universe and Star Wars, Vanessa’s next family-inspired projects are going to be Thor’s hammer, Darth Vader’s helmet, and maybe even a mixed, Batman-Joker head!

Ray Hoffman: 35 years with BendBroadband

Ray Hoffman: 35 years with BendBroadband

BendBroadband is recognizing employees who are celebrating significant work anniversaries this year. When BendBroadband Network Specialist Ray Hoffman started with Bend Cable in 1984, Central Oregon was in the middle of a lengthy recession. Few homes were being built in the area, and the number of specialized cable TV programmers continued to increase. “When I… Continue Reading

He travels to Bend for work, volunteers here too

He travels to Bend for work, volunteers here too

Alan Leopold enjoys helping others. When he’s at home, he’s a volunteer firefighter for the North Freedom Fire Department in Wisconsin and has been for the last 23 years. However, Alan often travels from Madison, Wisconsin to Bend to train employees, so when he’s away from home, Alan continues to give back. When Alan first traveled… Continue Reading

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program

BendBroadband field technicians are taking their knowledge and expertise and sharing it with area at-risk youth through the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program. The Youth Challenge Program is a residential alternative high school where students (or “cadets,” as they’re known in the program) live on site for five months while attending a military model school.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband field techs work with at-risk youth program
Practice makes perfect

Practice makes perfect

Ever wondered what it takes to be a BendBroadband installer? It’s a year-long process to master the ins and outs of the job. Only practice makes perfect. At the entrance to a crawl space, Eric Thompson puts on his blue crawl suit. His mission: to replace a faulty cable splitter somewhere under the house. He pulls a protective mask… Continue Reading

Kudos to the 2014 Local Dog Giving Game award recipients

Kudos to the 2014 Local Dog Giving Game award recipients

BendBroadband is proud to reveal the recipients of the 2014 Local Dog Giving Game. BendBroadband has a long history of giving back to the communities it serves. Beyond the yearly giving activities, the holiday season is a time to recognize and thank the many nonprofit organizations that serve Central Oregonians. This year, BendBroadband invited its… Continue Reading

John Hammarley nominated for an Emmy

John Hammarley nominated for an Emmy

Local television reporter John Hammarley has been nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for a heartwarming story about a young Central Oregon man’s quest to help less fortunate kids. Hammarley is a feature reporter with “myWindow,” a Central Oregon lifestyle show that is featured on the local CBS and ABC stations. Hammarley has covered many… Continue Reading

Veterans Day: BendBroadband honors those who served

Veterans Day: BendBroadband honors those who served

Veterans Day honors those who have served in all branches of the armed services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard (including the Reserves and the National Guard). BendBroadband employs a large number of veterans. Veterans Day is a federal holiday, so federal workers get a paid day off. BendBroadband is proud to support,… Continue Reading

BendBroadband’s Amy Tykeson enters Cable Hall of Fame

BendBroadband’s Amy Tykeson enters Cable Hall of Fame

The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the annual Cable Show, which was June 10-12 in Washington, D.C. This is the 16th year the cable industry has honored its own. A committee of industry peers and leaders selects Hall of Fame honorees based on their outstanding dedication to and impact on the cable industry.… Continue Reading