Butterfly Cold Bronze Wall Plaque
By Jeanne Dana Studios
Each piece is signed and dated with the year of production.
Approx 7 x 7″
With the growth of the internet came a steady decline in the use of greeting cards. Always innovating, Jeanne Dana began to create cast paper sculptures and paper mache art from their old greeting card scraps. Plaster was added to the paper castings to make them more durable and they started incorporating novel coloring and waterproofing techniques in the process. These experimental designs were the foundation of their new company, PaperAndStone. Some of their early designs are still in use today. Over the years they have replaced paper with more advanced, natural materials that allow the pieces to last for hundreds of years. In the 21st century, Jeanne Dana’s art has become more architectural, being further influenced by more contemporary designs.
Each design is hand sculpted in our clay studio. Our styling is best described as decorative, early/ancient European on contemporary themes. The finished design is made into a master mold from plaster. The master is then used to make reinforced latex production molds. Every piece is cast by hand using a proprietary blend of hydrocal, plaster, and fortifying agents to produce a piece of art that is both strong and lightweight. The castings are then shaped by hand with angle grinders, files, and sand paper so that each piece has its own unique form. Once shaped, the casting is then primed with a cold bronze coating before being colored with gold leaf, metal fibers, acid dyes, patinas, and an acid wash. Each piece is painted by hand and due to the natural chemical processes taking place, no one piece is alike. The finished art piece is sealed with a UV and waterproof coating that will preserve the colors and protect it from the elements.
excerpt from Margaret Ann Lembo’s Animal Totems
Butterfly totem is an ally for when you are about to make a significant change in your life. The butterfly effect is a theory that the slightest change can have very big effects somewhere else. With this in mind, even the smallest of changes in your perception or the way you think can change your life significantly. Your choices in this moment through realizations and the way you look at things make up your life experiences. Just as a butterfly begins as an egg and goes through many stages to reach the point of metamorphosis, you, too, have the opportunity to create your reality in stages with every thought, word, feeling, and action.