Friday, June 17, 2016

Papier-Mâché Workshop With Artist François Cambe

Gallery 101 hosted the workshop

As part of Little Italy week in Ottawa, the first ever Little Italy Artist Studio Tour was held and Gallery 101 offered some hands-on workshop events!

I attended the papier-mâché workshop with artist  François Cambe on Friday night. From his website"
"François Cambe was born in the South of France.
Professionally trained in wrought iron work, bronze foundry, ornamental wood carving, and with a BA from the Superior School of Applied Arts, in Lyon, François Cambe knows how to use almost any tool and work with any medium. For his most recent sculptures and installations, however, François decided to leave the majority of his tools behind and work with the least possible: With his hands, a pair of scissors and tape; he mixes textile, cardboard, plastic bags, leaves, and likes to twist objects from their practical functionality.

The Paper Thin exhibit

The exhibit at Gallery 101 was "Paper Thin" featuring three artists: Vicky Avramopoulos, François Cambe  and Sandra Haar.

My favourite piece in the gallery by François
François Cambe's work is so inspiring! I had visited his website before attending the workshop and this sculpture (above) was pictured there. To see it up close was magnificent!

François preparing the paste

François got busy getting the materials ready for the participants. i had not done papier-mache for a long time and remembered the paste being made from flour an water but François uses wallpaper paste that is ecologically good being made from cellolose

The foam carved body

I had intended to do a sculpture of my yellow labrador retriever muse Lexington, but François had carved some shapes for us an I chose this shape the shape above to make a bird

I cut the wings and tail feathers out of cardboard then hot glued them to the body

My bird - still sticky with glue


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