The process of making paper involves pressing moist fibers of natural pulps derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets. Again, like flocking, the process of making paper can be traced back to China- the oldest known archaeological fragments of the immediate precursor to modern paper, date to the 2nd century BC in China.
Our initial research looked into the work of Greetje van tiem- who makes yarn out of old newspapers. Her work is transformative, she turns one material with particular properties into something else entirely. It also links with the idea of sustainability, she turns something used into something new.
We started thinking about paper and fibers, which prompted the idea about repulsion curiosity, we all agreed there is something slightly strange about tearing a sheet of paper and seeing the fibers poking out like tiny hairs, the same with tearing apart a piece of clay. However whilst there is an element of repulsion there is also a curiosity about seeing the components of something- taking it apart and discovering the sum of its parts.
Woodpulp paper on a microscopic level, Image found at http://paperproject.org/semgallery.html
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