Native American Paper Sculptures
Sculptures of Native American
scenes made out of paper
These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper -
but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds.
The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to
11 months to make using a specially formulated paper
The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple
painstakingly add detailed finishing's with a wide range of tools
Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper
pulp into clay moulds and pressurize it to remove the water
Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper
pulp into clay moulds and pressurize it to remove the water
They have been making the creations since 1987 at their
home studio, in South Dakota , America , and have racked
up a whopping £3 million selling the works of art
The pieces depict traditional scenes from Native American history of
Cherokees hunting and dancing
Allen explained their technique: "It should not be confused with papier mache.
The two mediums are completely different. I call what we do 'cast paper sculpture'"
The most expensive piece is called Prairie Edge Powwow which sold for £47,000
Allen said: "We create Indians partly because my great,
great grandmother was a Cherokee and my family on both
sides admire the native Americans...
...I work on the men and animals and Patty does the women and children" explains Allen
"I enjoy most doing the detail. The paper really lends itself to unlimited detail.
I'm really interested in the Indians' material, physical and spiritual culture and
that whole period of our nation's history I find fascinating. From the western
expansion, through the Civil War and beyond is of great interest to me."
..."Some of them we create are life size and some we scale down to 1/6 life size"
"These sculptures are posed as standing nude figures and
limited detailed animals with no ears, tails or hair"
"We transform them by sculpting on top of them - creating
detail with soft and hard paper we make in various thicknesses
and textures.
"We have really enjoyed the development of our fine art
techniques over the years and have created a process that
is worth sharing. There are many artists and sculptors who
we believe will enjoy this medium as much as we have."
An Indian mother holding her baby is a favorite of many clients