You know how sometimes there's an idea in your head you just can't find the time to do, yet you just can't let go of?
Well this armchair is one one those.
I'd wanted to make usable furniture out of cardboard, papier mache and other recycled materials for a long time. I had this vision in my head ...and one day I decided it was time to make it reality by building it at work in one of my creative programs.
I work in day support for people with intellectual disabilities and am lucky enough to have some creative programs.
We began by using a pallet base for strength. We used milk bottles as the main building material, using tape and glue to create the shape we wanted.
Next we cut and folded thick cardboard around the bottles to give the chair smooth surfaces.
The chair is quite big and it took weeks and weeks to build. We did many, many layers of papier mache to hold it all together.
At one stage we even began to colour the glue so we could tell how many layers we'd done!
As the chair began to take shape we found we had to add more bottles in order to get the size we wanted. We used cardboard. milk bottles and shredded paper to create the curved arms.
Once the chair was ready for its final layer we swapped out newspaper for book pages. We added detail on the arms so it looked more like a 'real' armchair.
The pages were stained using a mix of coffee and tea.
After all the work to put the chair together, we ripped a hole into the back so you can see the milk bottle and shredded paper construction.
I mean, what's the point of it if you can't see what its made of?
A little surprise on the back with this cute mouse illustration.
There's another 'rip' on the other side too, as if a cat's had a go at the chair.
Or a mouse?
Lastly we coated it all with clear polyurethane for protection.
We made a seat cushion for it, recycling an old sofa cushion with a new, reversible cover. Castor wheels on the base make it easier to move around and finish it off.
We entered our armchair in Art From Trash, of course.