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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Wearable Art

In a recent Every Day Art Project we took inspiration from the exhibition It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight and explored paper sculpting in order to create our own wearable art. It isn’t often you get to wear your creative experiments, so for this project we also introduced an interactive display where guests could remove cardboard frames from the wall to capture photos of themselves in their collaged creations.

In developing this project, we were interested in how Eloise turns everyday objects, such as tissue boxes and egg cups, into imaginative accessories. We wanted to explore how we could invent our own artful items to wear using readily available materials. We provided a range of collage papers and long strips of construction paper in Eloise-inspired shades of reds and pinks as well as gray, black and white. Many of the collage papers were recycled from previous Art Studio projects. It is always interesting to limit color choices in order to focus on what can be achieved with a variety of tones within a few colors.

Guests worked both independently and together as they experimented with paper cutting and attachment techniques using scissors, glue sticks and masking tape. Many patterned and constructed paper crowns, hats, bracelets, ties, watches and scarves were made and worn around the museum.

We thought guests might want to take photos of their creations so we provided frames for this purpose. Made from recycled mat board frames, we added puffy paint, acrylics, tissue paper and wood-grain contact paper to their surfaces to create a wide variety of frames to choose from.

We attached the frames to our display wall using adhesive Velcro strips allowing guests to take them down and replace them easily.

They provided a fun way to document our wearable art and share with others.

The frames have since come down from the wall to make way for the installation of our next Every Day Art Project, but we have held onto them knowing that they will make a return to the Art Studio soon!



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 


by Meg Nicoll

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 1:00 pm and is filed under By Meg Nicoll, Displays & Window Shades, Collage, Every Day Art Program, Paper. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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