The Sunday Paper #91
Paper of the Week: Handmade Paper with Inclusions
These are some of my very first papers, made over 25 years ago in my kitchen in Brooklyn. I hadn’t met a soul who made paper (yet), and I was just experimenting (well, gosh I’m still doing that today – some things never change)! These papers have held up pretty well in a sample book. Here you see two variations of onion skin with recycled paper and a brown paper bag with leeks. I don’t remember much about those early days… I’m not even sure what I used as a mould & deckle or how I couched and dried the sheets.
What was the first paper that you made?
In the Studio:
I have an on-line paper sale every six months, and this one features papers that I made in my studio (I’ve come a long way since those early days in Brooklyn). I’ve got three paper packages on sale now through Thursday, January 28th – translucent abaca, decorative watermarks and denims. I’ve also developed a new Custom Paper Project Pack featuring 14 papers and six monthly projects pictured below. Purchase the paper pack and join me in creating a project-a-month!
If you need something to do indoors in Buffalo, this looks like a terrific show: Rare Books 101.
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Found Patterson Clark’s use of invasive weeds in papermaking, etc. very interesting. Wonder if anyone has used lupins for papermaking. They are both beautiful and invasive in northern MN. There is a big push to control invasives and some are using herbicides to eliminate them. Even if used carefully am concerned about the impact on our wildlife, beneficial insects and water. Thank you for The Sunday Paper.
Thanks for your comment Penelope! I have not heard of lupines being used in papermaking, but that doesn’t mean someone hasn’t tried. There are many issue involved: amount of fiber in plant; easy of extracting fiber and other processing issues.