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Exploring the Art of Papier-mâché

Papier-mâché, otherwise known as ‘chewed up paper’ in French is the technique for creating three dimensional objects from pulped or pasted paper and binders such as glue or plaster. We admire this art form for its versatility and texture. Join us as we explore the art of papier-mâché…

Our favourite papier-mâché characters are the ‘Crosby Dogs’ by Justine Smith. These colourfully textured pooches are made up of vintage cartoon clippings. Found in the lobby at Crosby Street Hotel, they give a warm welcome to guests.

At Number Sixteen we have these papier-mâché beauties created by our friend and artist Mimi de Biarritz. Adorned with pearls, brooches and painted details, you’ll find them poised on top of the mantlepiece.

Papier-mâché mushrooms and foliage are the perfect addition to any console or coffee table. They add a sense of charm and playfulness. Here are some examples from around our hotels…

The Library at Ham Yard Hotel
The Library at Ham Yard Hotel
The Whitby Penthouse at The Whitby Hotel

We were inspired by a recent visit to Get the Gusto workspace in Palm Beach Florida which houses a full room made of papier-mâché panels. We were astonished by these beautiful details and examples of craftsmanship. They also specialise in handmade botanical papier-mâché reliefs and sculptures.

For more inspiration, explore also our ‘Kashmiri Papier-mâché’ blog here.

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