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Model for Love Corsetry-one
Sarah Phister
Model for Love Corsetry-two
Stephanie Mallick
Model for Love Corsetry-three
Tawna Michel Dabney


In these photographs of the papermaking process, the material is the medium and is created in a Whiz mixer, which beats the pulp. A retention agent is added to help bond the added pigment to the exterior of the fibers. Aardvark Pigment is the colorant of choice. It is non-toxic and light fast (will not fade). The sculpted paper roses here are made of abaca, a Philippine banana stem fiber.

1) Preparing for the beating process, which involves filling up one large trash can (on wheels) with 3/4 parts water

2) This is a Whiz mixer that makes the paper pulp

3) After transferring sheets of poured paper onto a Plexiglas surface, strips of paper are torn, rolled, and wrapped into floral and organic forms

4) Heather's trademark sculpted paper rose

5) Sculpted paper rose with added pigment, which depicts intricate texture and structural form



In these photographs of the paper-sculpting & casting process, hand cast pulp is the material and medium. After the model is cast in plaster, I continue to build and develop the design. The finished piece is my expression of that woman and culmination of my passion for paper and sculpture with the unequivocal beauty of the female form.

1) After the plaster mold is removed from the model, sketching the design and trimming unwanted plaster take place

2) Hand casting with paper pulp

3) Pulp is built up in specific areas for the final design

4) Love Corsetry-one, hand cast pulp, plaster, and rope, 14.5" x 24"

5) Lucy Lingerie-three, cornhusk, cotton, and gold dust, 4" x 34"



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