We had to bring an old garment that had to be cut in very small pieces.
|Cutting fabric © Damian Connell 2014|
I chose my funky blouse that had become too small.
|Blouse fabric © Fenfolio 2014|
Then all the little pieces of fabric were processed into pulp by a special machine called Hollander beater. It only took about 10 minutes to create soft pulp!
|Creating pulp with the Hollander beater © Damian Connell 2014|
|Beater wheel © Damian Connell 2014|
The pulp was then put in a vat with lots of water. With a deckle and mould we scooped out the pulp (pulling out a sheet), wiggled it a bit to get an even and smooth surface and let the water drain. Then we had to "couch" the pulp by rolling it on a surface covered with felt sheets.
|Mould and deckle, www.khadi.com|
|Pulling a sheet © Damian Connell 2014|
|Couching a sheet © Damian Connell 2014|
Once the sheets were completely dry my paper was ready!
|I love the fibers from my blouse in my paper! © Fenfolio 2014|
|You can still see a piece of my blouse in this two layered paper © Fenfolio 2014|
|I also used other people's pulp. This is a two layered paper sheet; |
pink and blue. © Fenfolio 2014
|Two layered paper. The top is my own pulp. © Fenfolio 2014|
|Combining various pulp to make a three layered sheet © Fenfolio 2014|
I also experimented with some stencils which they provided.
|Pulling of stencil from paper sheet © Damian Connell 2014|
|Printed paper (three layered) with stencil and dye © Fenfolio 2014|
|Printed paper (two layered) with stencil and dye © Fenfolio 2014|
|Example of a stencil held in front of window © Damian Connell 2014|
|Printed paper with stencil and dye © Fenfolio 2014|
I'd like to thank Drew and Margaret for a truely inspirational workshop. The work they do all around world by introducing people from all kinds of backgrounds and in various cultures is amazing. I also would like thank Damian Connell for giving me permission to use some of his photos which were taken during one of the other sessions.
|Papermaking workshop © Fenfolio 2014|
Now I've got a pile of gorgeous handmade paper waiting to be used for my new art projects. Watch this space!!
|A pile of gorgeous handmade paper © Damian Connell 2014|