Where to begin....forever I have been experimenting with art. A stay at home Mom , most of us were in the 70's, with 3 young children, I created something each day. Maybe just a candle, maybe a curtain, just something that becomes a background of who you are without you even realizing it.
Many years later , needing to jump start a career to earn a living for the 4 of us (always plus a pound puppy or two!) I turned to art. I guess I had a hidden entrepreneur in me because this certainly is not supposed to be the way to earn a living! The fun part of my life then was the children. If I found the energy to stay up most of the night, I could still enjoy that era of my life.
I would not say my papier mache was a passion then. It was total work but I could bake cookies with Katie, help Susannah with a Halloween party, and attempt to fly a little plane with Chris ,then work every single minute and sleep maybe 4 or 5 hours a night. It was mostly fun, I was young! My kids were bill collectors, painters and in charge of the dog .
.One day I was looking at a huge order from Gump's. I hired my first outside helper, a friend of my son. It was 47 boxes we collected from the local beverage store, begged old newspaper for packing from the neighbors and barely made our deadlines. Later the gorgeous store called and had a question for "your dock manager."This "helper" says working for me was the most stressful job he has ever had. Indeed it was, I never said "no" to an order.
We were in Tiffany's window, ABC Antiques in NYC, Garnet Hill's catalog, no one had ever seen papier mache figures with glitter! Really! Not very modest but I was the first to bring it to the marketplace!
....skip to fabulous publicity!!! licensing by Midwest, later Bethany Lowe , my children all grown, my grandbabies "helping" and now, definitely, for many years papier mache has become such fun!that and my family, dogs and gardens!