Jan 22, 2004

born again trash
I'm back in the studio now on a regular basis. Most of my time is spent getting the space organized. I'm making "furniture" from cardboard boxes. And I take periodic walks around the neighborhood to check out the garbage bins. People throw away the most incredible stuff. Yesterday I reappropriated an old rusty metal bookcase. It was sturdy so I took it back to the studio and covered it with layers of paper strips and watered glue. With this technique you can resuscitate almost any object. Not only does it make the object more resistent, but it also creates a surface that can easily be painted and/or artistically manipulated.

Welcome to the ever expanding world of Papier Mache, you will see in the following pages examples of early Papier Mache and read facts about Papier Mache that not many people know and few believe are true. The aim of this site is to communicate the versatility of both the material - paper - and the techniques of decoration. Paper is a wonderful invention, which people usually take for granted. This attitude is probably the result of familiarity - Paper is so much a part of every day life that one does not stop to consider either how it is made, what it is made from or the many ways in which it is used--some papier mache objects by julie arkell--house--papier mache cups--Julie Arkell uses penguin books to make the paper mache----more julie----
In France papier-mâché (literally, chewed paper) was used for doll heads as early as the 1500s. By the 18th Century, the commercial and large scale possibilities were seen, and papier-mâché furniture and works of art appeared in France. However, it was in England that the form saw its greatest success. By 1820, a new process of moulding paper pulp and glue in forms made duplicate production of papier-mâché articles possible. By the start of the reign of Queen Victoria, in 1837, there were an estimated two dozen firms making papier-mâché goods ---red grooms papier mache---papier-mâché or papier mâché ---People from all continents know the traditional use of papier-mache in a large variety: dolls, masks, puppets, toys, decorations,... That is because it's such a cheap, varied, easily obtainable and processable material. ----The Papier Mâché ----papier mache pieces made from newspaper, phone books and other scrap paper. paste is cooked water and flour. decorated with acrylic paints ---'Fat man in the bath'. Papier Mache. Sold.-----The following is a little bit about paper maché which is a wonderful medium for large scale installation work as well as small sculpture or practical objects.----Mickael Bethe-Selassie artwork---Hillary Wood brings her artistic skills to the world of papier maché, making containers, decorative window brackets and even chairs. ---Galeria Papier Maché---. Mickaël Bethe-Sélassié recyclet niet alleen papier maar net zo goed fantasieën, herinneringen en observaties---After graduating from high school in 1970, Mickaël Bethe-Selassié left Ethiopia for France where he studied science at university. Not until later, at the age of 30, did Mickaël begin painting and sculpting in papier mâché.----There are a variety of uses for "homemade" paper. Use a paper recycling project as a way to promote awareness for recycling and landfill use. Recycled papers can also be used for wonderful crafts - everything from book covers to decorative pins.--Title: Domestic Objects Medium: Paper pulp, gouache, wooden pins, and varnish--dieu donne papermill--paper pulp paintings--Papier Mâché Bowls---Mickael Beth Selassie African Woman , 1994----The basic method for making papier mâché objects is layering. The layering method involves pasting layers of paper pieces over a basic shape to make such objects as containers and masks--Hundreds of Ethiopian schoolchildren have been helping transform Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, turning litter filled public places into beautiful spaces full of art in a project called Gash Abera Molla--"We are trying to beautify the city, create jobs and change people's attitudes on environmental issues." --Kenfe Michael Bethe Selassie--

Walter Karl Gluck
, VIKTOR IV (1929-1986) , left New York to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam. He transformed this boat into a floating studio where he made beautiful art using mainly Abandoned Wood.


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