Crafting Handmade Paper: Great Projects to Make with Beautiful Paper from around the World

Crafting Handmade Paper: Great Projects to Make with Beautiful Paper from around the World

by Gail P. Hercher


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Crafting Handmade Paper: Great Projects to Make with Beautiful Paper from around the World by Gail P. Hercher

Learn all you need to know to craft gorgeous household and gift items with spectacular handmade paper from around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564967107
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2000
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 8.53(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Materials and Supplies
How to Make Corners
Special Occasion Invitations
Frmaed Window Hanging
Botanical Wall Tiles
Summer Party Place Setting
Lavender Wall Stencil
Sand and Snow Lantern
'New Yorker' Table
Tibetan Prayer Book
Papyrus Lampshade
Plantation Paper Travel Journal
Dramatic Evening Purse
Three-Panel Frame
Textured Bowl
Woven Kozo Basket
Delicate Chinese Slippers
Making paper
Envelope Templates
About the Author


Beautiful handmade papers from around the world are available from paper stores and art supply stores and catalogs. Delicate Japanese mulberry papers, sturdy Nepalese daphne papers, Egyptian papyrus, Mexican bark paper, Italian and French rag papers, Indian floral papers, and many others offer surfaces that are colorful, highly textured, and much more interesting than ordinary machine-made sheets.
Artists, graphic designers, photographers, craftspeople, architects, bookbinders, interior designers, and desktop publishers are incorporating handmade paper in their work as the global economy enables the international importation of papers. With a phone call to a catalog, an interior designer can order handmade bamboo wallpaper from the Philippines!
Some people advance their interest in handmade papers by learning to make their own. They take workshops, read books, or study at one of the many art schools and universities that offer degrees in papermaking and the book arts. Why is this happening in the computer age, when futurists are predicting that books and paper will disappear? I believe it's because handmade objects affirm the importance of the individual and reveal a collective yearning for past values such as patience, quality, craftsmanship, solitude, and quiet. The deckled edge, rose petals, and burnished or wrinkled surfaces of handmade papers reflect these values and show the hand of the individual.
I was drawn to hand papermaking after an illness associated with printmaking chemicals. I wanted to use a clean medium that did not pollute the environment or my health. (I also abandoned oil-based inks and solvents.) I have explored many avenues with paper-weaving,bookbinding, making clothes and hats, origami, basketry, printmaking-and have even sold designs to a commercial wallpaper manufacturer. Today, I am particularly interested in using recycled materials to make paper, which I use in baskets, books, and collages.
As this book illustrates, every culture has developed its own way of using handmade paper-layered and sewn as cloth, glued for transparent effects, laminated for strength. Each chapter focuses on a paper from a particular country and explains its use and history.
Of ecological interest are the papers from developing countries that are practicing sustainable living practices and experimenting with farm waste products in papermaking. Costa Rica, the Ukraine, Israel, and the Philippines are making great strides in this direction. (End of excerpt)

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