Papier mâché - literally chewed paper/pulped paper/mashed paper – is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp and sometimes reinforced with textiles bound with an adhesive; glue/starch/wall paper paste.
This process goes right back to 200BC in China. Today papier mâché sculptures are used as an economic building material for a variety of traditional and ceremonial activities as well as in arts and crafts.
Papier mâché was introduced into Mexico during the colonial period (for church items). In Mexico, rigid cartonería are a traditional hand craft. These are made for annual celebrations. Piñatas mojigangas masks dolls and other forms are made for varying occasions. There is also a significant market for collectors as well. Patron Diego Rivera recognised these as works of art. Artisans such as Pedro Linares and Carmen Caballo Sevilla are famous for their forms.
Without any papier mâché knowledge or specialist equipment, it is possible to create beautiful sculptures with the papier mâché process. These sculptures can vary in size using a range of moulds such as plastic bottles or glass bottles and card board. Papier mâché sculptures can be archival and thus last for many decades.
Tutor will provide all materials for this course. Materials cost of $30 added into course cost.
NB Please bring a hairdryer to speed up your sculpture drying.
Please bring two pairs of disposable gloves – optional (fitting) that can withstand liquid; apron or old shirt to cover clothes, own hand towel.
If you do not want to create a Frida Kahlo sculpture then please bring imagery of a figure you would like to produce as a reference.
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