A Peek at Posh Paper Mache from the Past...
Making Posh Paper Mache is an art, not a science! However, the designs that I make undergo development as I progress with my techniques, ideas and wild ambitions. Particular Posh Paper Mache pieces may start looking a little dated in style - perhaps they do not fit neatly into a collection or I feel need changing to make them better and so revisit to produce an updated version. At other times, they may just prove to be unpopular with customers, encounter logistical problems or I need to improve the construction. Sometimes certain materials may become unavailable rendering designs obsolete or I just go off them a bit and want to try something else!
You can find some archived pieces here so that you can still see them, alongside explanations of why they have been consigned to the annals. I no longer offer them on general sale but if there is a particular piece from my older work that you would like me to recreate this is usually possible to do, so please get in touch.
This handsome chap has a lot of extremeties on his carefully sculpted head and tail making him a bit of a liability in the post. I have also since improved my leg/foot design for greater satisfaction. I made two with this method but new versions of large cockerels have now flown in!
I liked this young man, but have only made one so far. I think his legs are too long and need simplifying and his shell needs to be much larger for comedy effect.
The smaller versions of my bee design is more popular with my customers, but you can try making this large bee at home.
A pattern, how to video and instructions are available on my Blog page!
Now, in my opinion, this adder was good looking and hilariously funny (it has numbers on it...it's an adder, right?!), but it seems that more people than I imagined are scared of snakes...even paper mache ones.
I still have two snakes in stock looking for their forever homes so please contact me if you are not fearful of snakes!
I only made this one majestic Swan but plan to make more with an improved body structure. I think I also need to add feet!
I'm still making snails but the design has changed a litte. Now the underbodies are more sculpted and wider for greater stability and I use bendy wire for the eye stalks to make them more expressive.
The legs on this little guy are quite time consuming to sculpt but you can have a go at making him yourself. Find the pattern, a how to video and instructions on my Blog page!
Penguin and Fish
My penguins were popular and I made quite a few of these. I'm a bit dubious about the body shape which is a little bottom heavy (although I could try adding feet) and whilst the addition of the fish is highly amusing I wasn't sure about the wire attachment aesthetically.
This badger was a nice idea but has a slightly unnatural pose (as a result of experimenting with making him fit a standard size for posting) and needs a complete redesign.
My little piggies were adorable, but far too heavy so I'm designing some smaller, simpler an more lightweight versions. These particular ones are sold, but I have a couple more like them still in the studio. Get in touch if you would like to own one.
This cool customer has been a roaring success and many have been sold through Gallery Tresco. I use scrap metal composite board to achieve the curves and my stockpile is running low so he is off the menu for the time being until I can
source some more.
I had terrible trouble with my chicken legs for a while... I made chickens with legs, without legs, wooden legs, legs with toes, legs without toes, legs with seperated feet and feet joined together. I tried soldering legs, glueing legs, carving and cutting legs. There were strong legs, weak legs, wobbly legs. I even approached a blacksmith to make me some legs, but that wasn't cost effective! And you can't just buy chicken legs off the shelf! I finally decided that chickens looked best life sized and with some legs (unlike this one) and eventually arrived at my best leg design. Visit my Blog to gain access to all my chicken leg secrets!
Goat and Bee
My gorgeous goat has been shipped off to Platform Gallery in Clitheroe in the biggest box I could find! In future I will be making smaller and more easily postable versions...
Like the frog, this one is a bit fiddly around the legs and is designed to hang on the wall. I have dabbled with exotic animals but inner voice is telling me that it's only proper to stick to making creatures found in the U.K. - although I can't promise to honour that!
(I really fancy making a tiger...!)
Find a Fun Freebie make at home Luscious Lizard on my Blog Page!
Part of a wall hanging collection, this Koi is perfectly pretty, maybe a little too pretty and not absurd enough for me. I'm still perfecting my wall hanging designs so watch this space!
This chunky kitty was fun to make and was snapped up in an instant, but it took rather a long time to get its sculptural form right while I was making it. Pussycats will be making a reappearance (with revision to my methods) in the not too distant future.
Porpoise & Starfish
A Playful porpoise with a Starfish friend who is currently on display in Tresco gallery in anticipation of a new owner. I may make another of these in future but big pieces like this are
rather time consuming!
Whale & Starfish
My wonderful Whale looks as if he is bursting from the sea and, like the Porpoise, spouts a Starfish from his mouth. He currently resides in Tresco Gallery on the Isles of Scilly
awaiting his forever home.
I am unlikely to make another large piece exactly the same for the time being as I am currently developing new work.
Fox & Flower
This funky Fox and Flower deservedly found a new home somewhere not far from Clitheroe. As you may have noted, I have been testing my work for longevity outside and so future foxes will be made with less vulnerable additions and extremeties for strength outside in the inclement weather!