Back in late January on return from holidays I noticed that a couple of my daphne bushes were looking very sad, I think they had got wet feet, one had died and the leaves on the other had gone very yellow. What does a papermaker do but steam the stems and cook up the inner bark then stick it in the fridge!
|A healthy daphne|
|The stems in the steamer|
|The stripped stems|
|Two hours later the inner bark ready to cook|
|Sheets of coffee chaff paper. Last year I was sent a big box of coffee chaff, |
I cooked some up and washed and made paper without any beating.
|The backs of my sheeting couching cloths, the coffee paper shrunk quite a lot.|
|The third lot of sheets that are part of the keepsake exchange for Watermarks 2012, FDH and IAPMA joint meeting in Cleveland. These sheets are bluebell flower stems courtesy of Beverly Bennett who brought a giant bag of dried stems to the last Papermakers of Victoria meeting laminated with well beaten cardamon stems and leaves from Margaret Mason's garden. Koala, kangaroo and wombat signs were made from gaffer tape to form stencils.|
|As usual I have gone over the top my keepsakes are taking ages to put together, they have daphne, then coffee chaff then the laminated cardamom and bluebell (scilla), I have done about a third.|
|Papillon Three, is currently on show at the Contemporary Art Society Members Exhibition at 314 Church Street Richmond until 16 September 2012|
I have used butterflies on books and cards
|Lemons on our tree|
|Lemons again transferred onto a piece of silk that Ruth left under the teabags she was collecting for me.|
|Pulp Fiction my contribution to Book Art Object Edition Four|