GUEST ARTIST MELISSA TERECK

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.


MELISSA’S WORDS

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.


MELISSA’S WORK

   Melissa Tereck's pumpkin house

PUMPKIN HOUSE

HALLOWEEN GREETINGS

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MOTHER GOOSE

Melissa T Alice

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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VALENTINE GREETINGS

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WHISPERED SECRETS

Melissa T Frog

MR. FROGGY

20180810_115016(0)     Melissa T Roof Flower Back

STUMPHOUSE

20180810_115105  Melissa T Teapot Back

MRS. FIDDY’S TEAPOT

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STUMPHOUSE

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STUMPHOUSE

Melissa T Spooky House    20180810_115241

STUMPHOUSE

Melissa T Snail 2   20180810_115511

MADAM ESCARGO

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Melissa Tereck's White Rabbit    IMG_6047 (1)

HOLIDAY GREETINGS                                 LARRY, CURLY AND MOE

Melissa Terecks Bunny

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!

 


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