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I have recently received several emails from children who are researching papier mache for a school project. Several of them, specifically to do with its origins. I have referred them to:
"History Of Papier Mâché": www.papiermache.co.uk/articles/history-of-papier-mache/
I wish my school had taken a similar interest. My teachers were not at all interested in papier mache, I can recall only ever using the medium once in my entire school career!
One of the Mum's, "Erin" emailed me some links that had helped her and her daughter with their research with papier mache and recycling. Although not papier mache sites, I thought they might be useful to others:
1.) http://www.keslighting.co.uk/guide-eco- … index.html
Papier mache isn't expensive enough to tempt the schools here.
That's cool that you had the opportunity to point some young minds in the right direction. Who knows, perhaps, years from now, we'll see some of them joining this forum!
My first exposure to papier mache was school-related, but not mine. My older sister had to make a papier mache plesiosaurus for a class project in high school, which absolutely fascinated a younger me (I was probably around 5 at the time). I mentioned that to her one day recently, and she doesn't even remember doing that at all, but it definitely left a mark on me.
When I was in elementary/middle school we did a fair number of papier mache projects. Masks, Easter baskets (shaped like eggs around a balloon form), etc. We didn't do it on a regular basis (variety is the spice of life and all that), but I'd say at least one or two PM projects a year.