Friday, September 9, 2011

Making paper again

This is a large sheet of paper made from kozo fibre that a client ordered back in May or June. Unfortunately it has been such a humid summer that I couldn't work with the kozo fibre until just recently! When it's too humid the fibres go mouldy too quickly or they don't dry properly and end up making a very soft floppy paper. The ideal time for working with kozo is when it is dry and cold. I did that in an unheated studio in Japan when I was apprenticing with Richard Flavin. We took turns thawing out our hands over a small portable kerosene heater.