Recently I visited Bay Quilts in Richmond and saw the most enchanting pieces by Melissa Tereck on display. I just had to email her and ask if I could share her work on my blog. I was thrilled when she agreed.
I’m an artist!…I think I was from the moment I could hold a crayon. My schooling in art started in the third grade going all the way through college, with numerous studies in the field of art post school days. While I always sold bits and pieces of my art, I never considered it my full-time vocation till the late 90’s when I made cloth and paper maché dolls that I sold at the Alameda Flea Market. In 2003 a friend asked if I would make something to fill in a space at her fall craft fair. Being a cautionary type, I made some pumpkin pieces, showed them to another friend that had a shop in San Francisco…she bought all of my samples and asked for more. Meanwhile I made more for the craft fair, sold them…made some to take to the flea market, sold them…had a few more stores ask if I could make some pieces for them…clearly I was in the art business doing paper maché!..
Paper maché is actually an ancient art form originally developed in Asia, but it was the French that truly refined it…thus “papier-mâché” or chewed paper!
It’s been used to make household items…we have a Victorian table brush and dustpan made of it…it’s been used for dolls as well…but it’s true calling came in the form of holiday decorations and figures.
As for me, I make all sorts of holiday figures, including pine cone people using paper maché…but my heart belongs to the theaters and houses that inspire my imagination…again all in paper maché!..
I don’t use the traditional flour paste for my work as that tends to lead to a bug dining spree..for me the sticky is wallpaper paste!…funny story here…the store where I buy my paste moved things around so rather than spend time hunting for paste I asked the clerk for help…she looked at me and said “wallpaper isn’t in style anymore”…actually it’s making a comeback..and you never know how someone is going to use a product!…but I just smiled and thanked her…I’m rather low-key about what I do…
So there you have it…my world of paper and paste!…in glue sticky fingers we trust.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
MRS. FIDDY’S TEAPOT
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
HOLIDAY GREETINGS LARRY, CURLY AND MOE
BUNNY SKITTLE SET
If you love Melissa’s work as much as I do, check out her Facebook page to see pictures of her work in progress as well as many other pieces. Wonderful imagination and beautiful workmanship!