Jane's post today reminded me that I've been meaning to write something about paper maché. She recently had the opportunity to take a workshop with contemporary British folk artist Julie Arkell. I came across some of her pieces in a gallery a few years ago and they are so much fun...click the link and see!
In Japan, small paper maché figures are a common sight in little shops. Usually representative of a creature or character specific to the area, these pieces are hard to resist because they're inexpensive, lightweight (a big plus) and so charming. Here are a few favorites that somehow made it into my bag.
When we visited the Aichi World Expo in Nagoya, my favorite exhibit by far was in the Spanish pavilion. One exhibition room's ceiling was covered with a Barcelona artist's paper maché interpretations of the local food of Spain.
Now that's a Super Eggplant!