Friday, February 25, 2011

Native American Paper Sculptures

To my readers. This is another one of those times where I just have to share something a reader sent me that is not a joke. Although this is not funny I really do think you will have to agree that what you are about to see is the most almost unbelievable
Please take a long look at this remarkable art and don't forget to let me know if you think it is as remarkable as I do.
Mondays Child

Sculptures of Native American scenes
made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman

 These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper - but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds. The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months to make using a specially formulated paper

 Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper pulp into clay moulds and pressurize it to remove the water

The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple painstakingly add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools

  They have been making the creations since 1987 at their home studio, in South Dakota , USA , and have racked up a whopping £3 million selling the works of art.

 The pieces depict traditional scenes from Native American history of Cherokees hunting and dancing

  The most expensive piece is called Prairie Edge Powwow which sold for £47,000

 Allen said: "We create Indians partly because my great, great grandmother was a Cherokee and my family on both sides admire the native Americans...

 ...I work on the men and animals and Patty does the women and children" explains Allen

 "I enjoy most doing the detail. The paper really lends itself to unlimited detail. I'm really interested in the Indians' material, physical and spiritual culture and that whole period of our nation's history I find fascinating. From the western expansion, through the Civil War and beyond is of great interest to me."

Allen explained their technique: "It should not be confused with paper mache. The two mediums are completely different. I call what we do 'cast paper sculpture'"

..."Some of them we create are life size and some we scale down to 1/6 life-size"

"These sculptures are posed as standing nude figures and limited detailed animals with no ears, tails or hair"

"We transform them by sculpting on top of them - creating detail with
soft and hard paper we make in various thicknesses and textures.

Sooooo, pretty incredible, eh?


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