Paper Mache Meadowlark July 14 2019

Nancy Overton started making paper mache birds years ago after joining the Cornell University's Back Yard Bird Count.

Nancy starts each piece by sketching or photographing birds and then makes an armature using floral wire to create the body. The wire armature then gets a skin of newspaper strips and glue. Handmade papers and other treasured paper-finds from garage and estate sales that include: hand-written recipes, pages torn from foreign dictionaries, postage stamps, and sheet music make the outer and final artistic layer.