I did a lot of things in college, but pomping was not one of them.
That changed Thursday when I went to OSU to write a story about Homecoming and the elaborate decorations created each year for floats and house decorations.
At the Sigma Nu house, two co-eds gave me a quick tutorial in pomping, the art of poking squares of tissue paper into chicken wire. If you do it a few million times, you can create large colorful patterns that form all manner of designs.
There are several types of pomp: Regular pomping is done on relatively large circles of chicken wire and can be done with your finger. Micropomping is done on smaller gage wire using a pencil, and nanopomping uses thin straws or metal rods to create the smallest florets.
I tried micropomping. It looked easy but apparently requires a gentle touch. I poked a hole clear through the paper floret I was making.
I quickly decided I don’t have this kind of patience — but I’m so thankful these girls do. Their hard work has paid off with some spectacular decorations. Check it out if you are in Stillwater Saturday.
Susan Simpson, Education Writer