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March 6, 2017


How did I start on the birds? I was preparing for a papier mache workshop – showing the pre-school teachers at Washington International School how to  make vessels and sculptures using tissue paper and newspaper over armatures. I had to make a few samples to show the sculptural technique, so I made a couple of mockups to show the steps, using toilet paper rolls and other cards stock, like food cartons, and wire.

I had so much fun making the demos, that I kept on going. Starting with random strips of newspaper.


Then, I started covering them with other materials – all found and recycled, and they took on themes.


First, I made the newspaper strips more specific, using just the comics. Then, I used pages from a discarded German bible (found in a restaurant in Chicago).


Next, I made songbirds covered with strips of old sheet music


… and hymnals.

Next, strips of flyers, left over from Chinese New Year (2017 is the year of the Rooster, so I made a chick).


To be continued.

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