Monday, October 1, 2012

pulp dreams

so many people are suffering with colds
and flu
and i am sniffle free.
so far--
so, on saturday i took this great shot 
of what a papermaker dreams about.
 egyptian cotton 
a banner that i loved in the foyer at slu.
somehow a huge loon and beautiful cotton pulp 
stew together in my heart
and i think of all the art that comes from physical
material experience.
matter, matteria, material
there's no coincidence that 
papermakers call this stuff STUFF.
i am in a mindset to make


  1. so when you might say that you are 'stuffing about' really are doing that !
    [ i hope that expression makes sense to you in the US Velma ....?]

  2. ronnie,yes!
    roz, not a u.s. term, so define, please?! is it like, "doing stuff?

  3. Seeing this post had me filling my hollander and switching it on for a beat of found roadside cotton complete with plant remains and red dust collected in western NSW recently - if I knew how to send photo I would. Yes, the stuff of contentment.

  4. jenny i want to see! you could send me a sample! i'll trade!

  5. holy cow! that's some stew - glad I'm not coming to dinner. the pictures were great. I think you should make paper.

  6. jean, this dinner becomes magic (ie paper) and then we order pizza. and beer. or wine, if you prefer.

  7. and I bet you have a field full of wonderful "stuff" for that very purpose - and to hold morning dew, catch falling leaves, rustle when walked through, keep us looking.

  8. 'stuffing about' IS doing stuff , perhaps unplanned , perhaps directionless, perhaps without getting anywhere .. kind of a negative view of what is going on..
    for example.
    Q.what have you been doing on your day off work?
    A. ooooh! just stuffing about!
    oooo , well i just stuffed that up!

    so ends the australian colloquial language lesson

  9. valerie, a couple of fields, a woods, and some beaver ponds! i am rich in fiber
    roz, i LOVE colloquial australian and thank you very much. excellent teacher!

  10. OK Velma, will email hollander pics. Haven't pulled a sheet yet but so far beaten pulp is disappointingly stringy, not fluffy like usual cotton pulp and your lovely Egyptian is. Will post a sheet if successful, certainly outback colours/inclusions in my roadside pulp are wonderful. Would it throw a cat amongst the pigeons if we papermakers talked not just 'stuff', but 'half-stuff'? Enjoy your blog esp the paper. Jenny in Australia.

  11. jenny, there is half stuff, too, stuff that is only half processed! ha, now between you and roz and ronnie and me we can all be confused!!!

  12. love all that has been happening for you and the area in terms of pulp and paper. and PLEASE stay sniffle free!! that's my prayer for you (after having been thru the sickness, blech).

  13. Love the pulp dreams Velma!
    Keen on that stuff word too... and matteria!

    Those foggy photos at the last post... divine!

  14. aimee, your prayers are quite powerful, and i love 'em!
    sophie, pulp is grand stuff(!) to be involved with.


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