Wednesday, August 30, 2017

stars and fiber

this came home with my partner
delicious and beautiful
supper was fresh sweet corn on the cob
amazing bread
and garden salad lettuces
at Zone 4 
the paper mill at SLU
the papermaking continues.
(today i begin teaching papermaking and book arts 
and next week
peace paper comes to visit)
a small test sheet.
linen rag,
a FLAX suit
turned into pulp after three or so hours of beating!
the color is quieter than the original cloth
which was a tan with a pink tone that i found rather off.
here is the sheet with the original cloth
the sickly pink tone is gone now
to this base pulp i added
retention aid and 
caput mortuum (dead head)
earth pigment from Melbourne Printmaking Supply. 
close up 
and full size.
it's a small sheet, still damp here,
 but has possibilities.
since i have 3 buckets of this linen
i'll be coloring some more
for, hopefully, a book.
and finally
barry smith sent me leaves of peace to share
the word
peace star echoes the bread star
bread and peace.

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