It’s all Shelf Appeal‘s fault again. Her post about Bruce Angrave led to this French blogger posting some more late last year which was then tweeted by Kickcan & Conkers. Which led in turn to some tapping and muttering in the next door room as Mr Crownfolio searched the web. A few days later the postman rang on the doorbell.
Ex-Hendon library, with no dust jacket and all in black in white, but still a good use of just a few pounds. Because it’s packed with goodies. Quite apart from Angrave’s own work, like these figures for the Festival of Britain,
there’s also a history of paper sculpture through the ages, as well as a review of paper sculptors working at the time. And there were quite a few of them about. This 5′ high paper fantasia was built by Alan Farmer for the Ideal Home Show.
While this fairground horse was produced by Studio Diana for the British Industries Fair.
Interestingly, along with a number of other examples in the book, the horse was commissioned by Beverley Pick, who clearly liked paper sculpture a great deal.
But best of all, there are instructions on how to make your own paper sculpture. Perhaps you would like to make your own version of the wonderful gentleman here.
The diagram above is just the beginning, there are also another ten pages of diagrams, instructions and photos. There’s nothing like jumping in at the deep end, is there. But if anyone wants to have a go, I will happily scan the whole thing, and then feature the finished results on here.
Quite apart from enjoying the book for its own sake, it has also provoked me to some thinking. For a start, it’s made me look at Angrave’s posters again. Some are conventionally produced, like this Hastings poster that I’ve mentioned before.
But others, like this 1964 London Transport poster, are actually produced as paper sculptures (and then photographed? I have no idea).
We’ve got a copy of that somewhere I think.
But the other thought is provoked by this, the frontispiece photo. In it Angrave is producing a logo for Pathe News, for use in what would now be called an ident.
I had never thought that part of the purpose of paper sculpture was to produce CGI before the computer was up to the job. But perhaps it was.