Natural fiber papermaking is the process of taking a plant/raw fiber and transforming it into pulp to be made into beautiful handmade sheets. This course is designed to experience and understand all aspects of natural fiber papermaking. We will be examining sources of materials, which plants to choose, why and complete identification. We will be looking at the ideas of growing, wildcrafting, and other collection methods, as well as storage of dry fiber. We will be using multi cooking solutions based on the fiber’s need and sustainable techniques. We will examine beating methods for sheet function and aesthetics in the final sheets. We will discuss and utilize a variety of additives such as sizing, pigment and calcium carbonate. Sheet forming will be executed western style with a few different mould types. We will investigate drying possibilities and equipment for paper to achieve particular results.
Wholistically the class will look at the flow of the studio, equipment pros and cons, sustainable possibilities and ergonomic choices within the work area.