A few months ago we were asked to make some 1960’s – 1970’s inspired papier-mache candle holders for a book coming out next year.  Sadly the projects didn’t make final approval for the book but we’re really happy how they came out.  All the materials are recycled: glass, cardboard, and newspaper.  The designs are loosely inspired by textile designer Alexander Girard.

One of our most frequently asked questions is which one of us works on which part of each project.  The answer is that we take turns doing different things.

The above three cat candle holders were made by Quincy. They are papier-mache covered glass that can be used as a candle holder or a bud vase but we kind of like them just as little sculptures.

This fine feline fellow is made with a beer bottle covered with cardboard from a six pack that is then covered with a light amount of papier-mache.  A candle votive or led candle votive fits nicely into the top of it’s head.   This and the following red version were made by Adam

Cardboard structure with led votive prior to papier-mache.

This chartreuse kitty with a bow tie is a slightly more traditional papier-mache cat.  It is made from a wine bottle and holds a candle stick in it’s head.  Adam did the papier-mache work and Quincy painted it.

This blue cat was built over a battery operated plastic candelabra.  The light turns on and off by turning the bulb.

We don’t typically work in this medium so it was really fun to try out a different process.