Rachael DiRenna's Profile

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Welcome to my world!This shop showcases my one of a kind paper mache art.I hope you find something you like
Visit me at rdirenna.wordpress.com

**I do barter - convo me if interested & I will reply whether you have something I need at the time or not**

I am a self taught artist working mainly in paper mache. I make my own clay out of shredded papers (office paper,newspaper, etc) I like the idea of making something from nothing, starting from scratch kinda. I like the idea that I am recycling. But mostly I just love making stuff.

I have work in private collections worldwide & sell most of my sculpture at galleries or shows. Each piece is one of a kind & completely handmade. I stand by my work 100% - if there is ever a problem please contact me to resolve it…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 28
  • Joined March 4, 2007

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About

Welcome to my world!This shop showcases my one of a kind paper mache art.I hope you find something you like
Visit me at rdirenna.wordpress.com

**I do barter - convo me if interested & I will reply whether you have something I need at the time or not**

I am a self taught artist working mainly in paper mache. I make my own clay out of shredded papers (office paper,newspaper, etc) I like the idea of making something from nothing, starting from scratch kinda. I like the idea that I am recycling. But mostly I just love making stuff.

I have work in private collections worldwide & sell most of my sculpture at galleries or shows. Each piece is one of a kind & completely handmade. I stand by my work 100% - if there is ever a problem please contact me to resolve it.

I ship my sculpture priority with insurance because it is one of a kind & irreplaceable. Cards & prints I ship first class with confirmation.

The Process
Many hours & quite a bit of work goes into every sculpture.
I create each piece over a strong armature I construct using wire & found objects. I make my own clay from 100% post consumer paper.
I shred junk paper (office paper, junk mail, newspaper, etc) soak it & mix it with paste & glue to make a pulp then add calcium carbonate for strength & to buffer any acid in the paper. Each piece is sculpted in layers so that it dries completely & when finished is sanded, gessoed, painted, covered in decorative or handmade papers & then sealed. The work I sell on etsy is not constructed for outdoor display (especially in wet climates) but with normal use will last a lifetime*. Clean with a soft cloth or duster.

*or several lifetimes - quick fact - there is paper mache still in existence from China's Han dynasty (202 B.C.-220 A.D.)

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