We experimented with a variety of fibres including hemp, yukka, heliconia, lemon grass, bromeliad, banana, and ginger. We took our new Hollander Beater and gave it a good workout. The heliconia and bromeliad fibre was from my own garden, I've been doing a fair bit of tidying up lately, so it was easy to keep some of my plant waste to cook up.
Papermaking is a lot of work, requiring physical stamina and effort, but the load is lightened when working in a group. Lots of fun as well, playing with water in temperatures over 30 degrees celsius.
I used a 30cm long mould & deckle to make a range of botanical papers, I hope to use these in an artist book in the future.
|Selfie with some of the girls and the beater.|
L to R - me, Zela, Tricia, Ngaire and Liz.
|Chopping up plant waste to cook.|
|Hollander beater in action. The cooked|
fibres flow around to be macerated by the drum.
Our beater was made by Mark Lander
in New Zealand, paid for with a
|The girls are separating the fibres to help the beater.|
|Close up of the beater. Its a beautiful machine!|
|Papers drying in the sun.|
|A selection of my dried papers.|
Some rough and textured, some smooth,
some with flecks, some with chunky bits!
|A highly textured paper, might be good|
for chine colle and collage.
Or just to admire its beauty.
|Some of the wonderful food from the local|
caterers, there's nothing better when working hard
to enjoy some tasty treats.