my process of hand cast paper

my process of hand cast paper

Paper is made from cellulose found in organic matter. True papers are thin sheets made from fibre that has been macerated; this softens the fibres until each individual filament is a separate unit and works water into their inter-molecular structure. Raw materials I use can be abaca, cotton linters, indigenous plant fibres such as thistle, and kozo (a Japanese fibre with silk like properties), all are pounded in my Hollander Beater for a length of time. The fibres, now pulp, are then mixed with water into a vat. The paper mould and deckle that I use are normally wire mesh and of varying sizes, and I work western style. I dip the mould and deckle  into the vat and lift a thin stratum of diluted pulp.

The water drains through the fine openings of the mesh, leaving a sheet of knitted, clotted fibre upon the mould's surface. I turn this paper out into a dry felt or cloth. This action is called 'cooching', or to turn out onto a table or board with a rounded top especially made for this purpose.









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