The Sunday Paper #257
April 28, 2019
You know how sometimes you know what a word means, but you wouldn’t really know how to describe it if someone asked you? I looked up gossamer, and even lovelier images than I already had in my head came into view: a fine, filmy substance consisting of cobwebs spun by small spiders, seen especially in autumn. A second definition described it as: used to refer to something very light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate. These both describe Gangolf Ulbricht’s Berlin Tissue (gossamer) paper, which is touted as the thinnest, non-visible restoration handmade tissue in the world.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ulbricht for an upcoming issue of Hand Papermaking Magazine. His story is fascinating, and his Berlin-Tissue (gossamer) paper is made out of the best quality imported Japanese mitsumata and kozo (mulberry) bast fibers. The bast is first cooked in an alkaline solution, soaked, cleaned and beaten by hand, and then formed into sheets of up to 1.5 g/m². It is available in the states from Hiromi Paper.
In the Studio
I’m busy designing the projects for the 2020 Twelve Months of Paper Project book. Here’s a short video in which I describe it and show you the featured guest projects.
- Have you listened to my the latest episode of Paper Talk, featuring Lynn Sures?
- Paper Illuminated is now available as a self study online course. Read all about it!
- I’m currently seeking a sponsor for each month of the Twelve Months of Paper. Contact me if you are interested in promoting your company in the book, on this blog and on Paper Talk.
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