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A cast paper sculpture is one of the most exciting new art forms in the world today. It begins with an image being created as a 'bas relief' sculpture in clay. The intent is to produce a cast paper reproduction of the image in a limited edition of impressions.
Using the image, I use a mold making rubber to build up several layers to create a negative mold. Plaster is then poured over this to create a cradle for the mold to rest in.
The preparation of the paper pulp begins with the 'beating' of pure cotton linter fibres to produce a fine pulp. Great care is taken to ensure the texture and the tensile strength of the fibres will be suitable for the forming process. The pulp is placed, as a water slurry, into the casting mold, and a different edging is created for each piece. Then begins the process of extracting the water, by hand, using a sponge and paper towels. The pulp is carefully formed into a thick sheet of paper with strong sculptural qualities to confirm to the exact details of the casting mold.
The cast paper sculpture is then taken from the mold and left to dry for several days. The piece is then either tinted with a sepia spray or penciled with realistic detail, making each piece an original work of art. Available in a black or white frame or unframed.
Because of the fact that the cast paper sculpture is individually pulled by hand, it has certain unique characteristics typical of an original fine art print. Upon completion of the edition, the mold is destroyed.
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