Most of us can probably remember sitting in our classrooms during our primary school years surrounded by ripped up bits of paper and pots of glue, covering some sort of object (usually a balloon) in the stick mess to create a bowl. The most enjoyable part for me was picking the glue off my hands afterwards. Now paper mache is nowhere near as adept at sticking items together like perhaps metal bonding adhesive is but it is used for creating pieces of art and surprisingly many other items. Although if you are looking at applying items to glue, I would definitely look at reviews of metal bonding adhesives instead.
Here are some interesting facts and creations:
- Although it is a French word Paper Mache actually originally came from China and its popularity as a technique moved across through Japan and Persia and reached the heights of popularity in France in the 17th
- Back in the 1800 in County Cork a gentleman called Issac Weld made a boat entirely from paper mache and as well as it floating, he managed to sail it on the Lakes of Killarney. Now that’s an impressive use of paper and glue!
- Paper mache is so versatile that it was used to create the casting moulds for the letterpresses that were used in printing newspapers up until the 1970s.
- Images made from paper mache of the Goddess “Durga” are created and displayed in India during a ceremony that takes place in Duragupuja where the goddess is worshipped for a 10-day period and on the last day at midnight a drum roll signals the end of the ceremony and the images and thrown into the river Ganges.
- A medical student, Louis Auzooux created anatomical paper mache dolls to help with his studies and after he completed his medical degree, he donated the first doll he created to the Paris Academy of Medicine. Following his graduation and five years of working in medicine he opened a factory that created these dolls in both human, animal and plant form to help students and professionals in each of these fields of work.
So next time your children bring home a creation they have made from the beloved paper and glue mixture you will be able to see the value of the technique and how it has helped us in terms of design, art and even in the medical field for many years.