Monday, May 6, 2013

Papier Mâché Dogs - Lorraine Corrigan

If you're an avid dog lover or even if you aren't, my guess is these playful sculptures can't help but bring a smile. Lorraine Corrigan of Hounds of Bath in England works with wire, papier mâché, and old book pages to capture the delicate features of sighthounds.

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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...

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Irish Wolfhound

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.

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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. 

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Whippet Beddie Cross

So it's safe to say you're enjoying sculpting and plan to continue?
 
I only started selling my sculptures last November and am overwhelmed by the response. It is early days, but I am so happy to do what I'm doing. I have found my medium, my passion and even writing this now makes me think I really need to be getting on with Esta... an Italian Spinone with incredible eyebrows!

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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!

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12 comments:

  1. Amazing and so adorable!! So nice to read her story . All her sculptures have so much character and movement . Really I am in loss of words .

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  2. Marvelous work! What fun, too!

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  3. who wants a real dog when you could have one of these paper mache dogs!!!they are too cute and certainly adorable!!!
    licia

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  4. Wow, these are fantastic, I think I just fell a little bit in love with them!!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing so many fabulous artists on your blog. I am so enamored with her work ~ liked and shared her facebook page too with reference to your blog. I continue to follow you and so many artists you have shared here on your blog. Thank you for broadening my paper horizons.
    Cheers!

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  6. Stunning work....any dog owner would be proud to have one!!!

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  7. I'm so impressed. That's so wonderful that she found papier mache as her medium and I like that she uses old book pages for the paper.

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  8. As a Silken Windhound owner, I must say that the "Dancing Silken Waltz" does capture their spirit, and them playing very nicely. Well done!

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