Sunday, 7 September 2008

Paper lace and light

This paper making workshop with Jean Mould Hart was part of the Oxford Summer School programme. On the first day we revised paper making and made textured paper. We also overlapped paper, embedded scrim and used biscuit cutters to remove part of the paper to leave openings. On the second day we made the lace paper that was what interested me most. This is done by getting a thin layer of paper pulp on the screen then placing lace and open meshes over the pulp and applying a fine mist of water over them. This disperses the paper to the edges of the holes forming a lace like texture. The paper is then left to dry on the screen. It is an interesting technique and one that could be combined with lace to produce interesting effects. The samples are all in my sample file.

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