|The Paper Pack|
The winning photo above is the one that launched this post... I came across it when Phiona Richards of Rare Notions shared a link via the Dogs in Art Gallery Facebook page. I read that not only is Lorraine a lover of the sighthound group, such as the whippet, borzoi, greyhound and saluki, but she's passionate about their sleek lines and doe-like features that translate so well to sculptural form. I contacted her to learn more...
It was just four years ago that you had the idea to craft dogs by hand. Can you tell us about your previous paper art experience?
I have always had a love of sculpting since studying art at level sculpture in school many years ago. I knew I would return to this form of art eventually, but never found the right medium. Five years ago I took a course in art therapy and they gave us wire to play around with... I tried to make a dog ( I adore dogs) and it ended up like a deformed lamb. I still have a fondness for that lamb that I kept! A year later I was running an art group for the homeless and thought why not make papier mâché heads of dogs? In my own time, I began to make whole dogs in papier mâché style. I had at last found my medium coupled with my love for sighthounds.
|Dancing Silken Waltz|
Do you find using old book pages brings a different result than the more typical newspaper?
I found that working with newspaper was frustrating as I struggled to represent the fine details; for example, the paper thin ears. By chance I found an old book with fine paper and the rest is history. I could use wire as a framework and this is the exciting bit... finding new positions; then layering, re-layering, and cutting in so that I am sculpting with paper just as a sculptor would with clay.
|Whippet Beddie Cross|
So it's safe to say you're enjoying sculpting and plan to continue?
How can people contact you to create a sculpture of their dog?
My orders mainly come from Facebook (Lorraine's Hounds) which seems really popular, and from there I refer people to my Hounds of Bath page where there is ordering information. I'm currently working with a month's orders ahead of me. Each dog takes about twelve hours to complete. As much as I love what I'm doing, I really need to recognise all the care and love that goes into each piece and raise my prices accordingly. I find I like working out of Facebook (as opposed to galleries or shows), as it is lovely and satisfying when a new owner sends a picture of the dog on their shelf. As long as the orders continue, this is where my future lies!