Papisse: Cardboard Peace Doves
My upcycled PAPISSE exhibit prep work continues, which includes a trio of peace doves carved from recycled cardboard.
🎥 See how I carve out the dove shapes from thick cardboard slabs 👇🏽
So far this is how the doves are coming out 👇🏽 …
Tips for carving cardboard👇🏽
If you’re inspired to carve shapes from cardboard, here are 3 quick tips:
1) Have a variety of cutting tools handy
Keep different-sized scissors and box cutters (with a range of blade sizes, too) at hand because you never know when you’ll need to switch from box cutter to scissors and vice versa.
2) Generally speaking, sturdier and thicker cardboard is best for carving
I’ve found that the thicker the cardboard, the better for carving. The shapes tend to come out great and feel more solid than those cut out from thinner cardboard.
3) Use industrial boxes whenever possible
“Regular” boxes, like those you might have at home — such as shoe boxes or empty Amazon boxes — might work for other paper crafts *but* I’ve found those types of boxes or cardboards aren’t thick enough. To get carved cardboard shapes that feel hefty and sturdy, it’s best to use industrial boxes like those usually tossed out by restaurants.
Interested in seeing my upcycled Matisse exhibit? See details below 👇🏽
from January 16, 2024 through February 28, 2024
In the glass case display shelving located inside the public foyer area of the Cascades Public Library in Potomac Falls/Sterling area of Loudoun County, Virginia
Creating something noble and worthy of appreciation from straight up rubble … from everyday objects we constantly take for granted, toss out, and discard 24/7 … to demonstrate and remind all of the following:
- art can be born from and created with just about anything
- items we consider “trash” still have great utility and capacity for renewed purpose; in other words, second chances are absolutely possible 🙏🏽
- repurposing found items and upcycling “trash” are great ways to keep junk from ending up in our landfills
At the time of this writing …
I’m about 6 days or so out from having to finish all the upcycled pieces for this display!
Stay tuned … more to come.
Yours in art and creative expression,