Cast Paper Sculpture by Patty & Allen Eckman
Cast paper sculpture has been around since the 1950s, originating in Mexico. It should in no way be confused with papier-mâché’. The two mediums are completely different. In cast paper sculpture, the Eckmans first mix an acid-free paper pulp in the studio (“hydro-pulper” from two raw stocks, cotton and abaca). Then, the pulp is cast into silicone rubber molds taken from original sculptures created by Allen and Patty.
The paper is then pressed under vacuum pressure—or by hand—in the mold, where most of the water is extracted at the same time. The drying process is completed by evaporation while the paper is still in the mold. After the dry and hard casts are removed from the molds, the exclusive process of chasing, cast additions, cast alterations, sculpting in paper and detailing begins.
It takes a great amount of time and experience to create each piece. Some works are so painstakingly detailed; they can take many months to complete. The cast paper process is similar to the cast bronze method in many ways. Of course, the finished cast paper product is white, lightweight, and can have an enormous amount of detail due to its properties and the artists’ own inventiveness.
The Eckmans are the inventors of this process. Eckman Method® of Cast Paper Sculpture is a proprietary trademark. Since 1988, Patty and Allen have developed and perfected the medium of cast paper far beyond any other artists in the world. Their work is considered by many critics to be the premier of the industry. Since the paper is acid-free, the sculptures are all museum quality.
Allen Eckman has recreated a Plains Indian "Buffalo Pipe" using his technique of cast paper sculpting and his own recipe of archival paper. Learn More
War Chief's Rock II is a one-of-a-kind cast paper sculpture by Allen Eckman which includes a custom-made acrylic display case. Learn More
"Prairie Edge Hunt" is the forth and latest in the series of this type of monumental cast-paper sculptures by Allen and Patty Eckman. Learn More
Entirely made of paper the “Medicine Wheel with Feathers,” by Patty Eckman, is a limited edition cast paper sculpture that depicts the sacred object with cloth twists and eagle feathers dangling from the medicine wheel wrapped in porcupine quills. Learn More
Patty Eckman sculpts in paper using a process called paper casting. This involves pressing paper into a hand-made rubber mould to get a basic shape and continuing to transform that shape, sparing no detail, to create this beautiful buffalo head and other extremely life-like figures. Learn More
In Patty Eckman’s limited edition cast paper sculpture, “Eggwatchers,” a hummingbird is perched on its nest, standing guard over the small eggs nestled within. No color dyes are added to the handmade paper material the artist uses, and this intensifies the sculptural details. Learn More
Patty Eckman creates beautiful white paper sculptures using her own recipe of paper and a unique sculpting process that she and her husband, Allen Eckman have developed and shared since 1987. Learn More
The “Large Wrapped Feather,” by Patty Eckman, is a limited edition cast paper sculpture which depicts an exquisitely detailed feather with a wrapped quill, ready to be attached to a headdress. Learn More
Cast paper sculpting is the medium that Patty and Allen Eckman have made their life's work. This pair of limited edition moccasins is one of Patty's special creations. Learn More