Repoussé or repujado in Spanish, is a metalworking technique in which a sheet of metal has a design worked into it by pushing the metal in and out from both sides using a variety of tools. The metal is stretched so the sheet remains intact with no loss of material. In French repoussé means “pushed out”. Elixir of Life by Rocio Heredia
History of Repoussé Agememnon’s Funeral MaskGold Mycenean Cup Repoussé is a very old art form dating from antiquity and was widely used with gold and silver for detailed works and copper and bronze for larger sculptures
By the year 3000 BC. semi- mass production techniques were introduced to avoid repetitive free-hand work. Artisan’s could press sheets of gold into molds carved in intaglio into bone, metal or stone to more easily form a design. Patterned punches were introduced as early as 2000 BC. to texture the background and sharpen details and relief. Early materials used to fill repoussés included mud and resin in Egypt and beeswax in Ancient Greece Gary Dadyan, a Russian artist, is tapping the repoussé tools into the sheet of metal using a small hammer.
During the Hopewell and Mississippian periods of the Southwest and Midwest Native Americans, repoussé was used to form ritual jewelry and decorations which were eventually used as burial goods. copper repoussé plate depicting Birdman, Late Braden Style
The best known example of repoussé is the Statue of Liberty by Frederic Auguste Barthodi
Repoussé continues to be used to make decorative plaques and is a popular technique of making jewelry.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT Using the internet and books in room, choose a historical motif for your repousse The entire surface has to be used. No empty space Graded on: –Craftsmanship (no tears, 3 levels –Composition – use of entire surface –Complexity (detail and 3 height levels –Creativity