Weird and Wacky Design: Papering over the cracks
Everyone at some time or other has made paper mache, either at home or at school. We tore the paper into strips of bits and mixed with paste or even water. Sometimes we pasted these strips onto plastic bowls and tried to prise the bowls off without breaking the paper mache shell! Some people have agone a bit further with paper mache though – by making furniture out of it, like this armchair by Majid Asif. The chair is built up in layers over an inflatable mold.
Paper mache has never been more imaginative. As a medium it has come on in leaps and bounds as artist Erika Takacs blog shows! Some of the sculpture made of paper mache is amazing and very thought provoking.
I don’t know how on earth they get the paper mache so smooth, but this video shows an artist making a rather scarey fish called a ‘fishwichwich’ – amazing how he gets the sharp teeth, reminds me of a sea urchin. The artist is DanMonsterMan and a lot of his videos can be seen here
Paper mache face mask image from here