Made Paper!

So after the paper-making disaster during the week, I decided to try again today.

And it worked! (Well, as far as up to the drying process!) And because of this and the disaster, I learnt more about the actual construction of paper and the process used to make it- and its all to do with water! The first attempt, there wasn’t enough water in the process so the paper fibres were closer together and resulted in very thick, almost card-like paper. In the second round, there was too much water, which meant the fibres had dispersed further into the water bath meaning that when I tried to collect the fibres for the paper, there weren’t many- and the paper was very thin and incomplete.

Learning from these, I had sussed out the paper/water ratio and started being more creative with the paper itself in order for it to tell the stories.


Too thick!


Too thin!



Some of today’s attempts


This hopefully means I will be able to add these to my book in order to tell more of the stories I wanted to.

One thought on “Made Paper!

  1. Great news that your paper making is working! These tests are really interesting and you should format them for the portfolio explaining the formula used for each and how the embedded materials within each paper sample tell a story about the area/ a particular community. As for your initial portfolio layout, its a bit too image-heavy right now and too far removed – you want your reader to engage with the material and the process of binding more so you need to use the book more effectively to tell the stories/ your experience – intersperse the images with drawings explaining techniques and short text based anecdotes or diagrams illustrating processes or accounts told to you on your different visits. Maybe you can even include binding/ material samples? You have so much research on the book and its making, manipulation and use over time so make sure your portfolio reflects that. Really interested to see what you do with the book and its cover for Tuesday – think about how the multiplicity of stories within a reflected on the exterior and how such a cover would be made. Think of the book as a way of capturing the life and stories of this part of the city over time – almost as though the book contains all the information about this territory within Whitechapel as a updated and more comprehensive version of Cardiff’s walk!

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