The Sunday Paper #87
Paper of the Week: Cotton Blend
I’ve been trying to concoct the perfect watermarking pulp that also offers folding strength. In general, I’ve found that short cotton linters (beaten quite fine) yield crisp watermarked images. However, the pulp is so short that there is not much strength, so I been experimenting with various combinations of cotton (Cheney, 1st and 2nd cut linters) and premium abaca (highly beaten). A bonus that I didn’t expect is the sheen that the abaca provides – a luminessence in the sheets.
Do you have a recipe for a watermarking pulp that you like?
In the Studio: I’m using that pulp to make the pieces in the photo above, which is a new artists’ book in progress. It has several folded components, including an envelope that you might recognize from the 25 Days of Paper (top left); a fortune teller (top right); and a map-folded heart shaped watermarked piece that unfolds to become a four-leaf clover (bottom). There’s also a book component; more on that later.
What do you think 8,000 paper cut snowflakes look like? Like this! Has anyone visited The White House to see these in person? They say it is breathtaking, and I believe it.
It’s not everyday that you read about paper art in Africa, and this article includes an interesting profile about a young artist whose work deals with human trafficking. Paper II was recently exhibited at the Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi, Kenya. The works on paper – in all their variety from drawings, prints, photographs, collage, sculpture – were displayed in a unique fashion, hung on wires that criss-crossed the gallery space.
Check out this tiny (and I mean tiny) V8 Engine made almost entirely of paper, and it works!
Here’s a tribute to that movie which debuted this week. I’m not a follower of this particular cult, but this origami Yoda by Gonzalo Garcia Calvo is pretty cute!
Here is another article about papermaking in Africa, this one about making it from mahango stems in Namibia.
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