Papermaking at Primrose Park

Jeanette, with Dinah at the press

A total change of pace today, with a papermaking class at Primrose Park. This was an ATASDA activity and came about through the generosity and hard work of Jeanette who is a member of both ATASDA and Primrose Paper Arts.

There was a good turnout and Jeanette and the other volunteer papermakers were kept very busy teaching and helping us, including some heavy winding by Dinah on the press.

Jeanette had already processed 5 kilos (!) of mountboard to make buckets of ?? is pulp the right word? Anyway, we were able to get started straight away forming sheets of paper.

Soon boards of newly formed paper were propped outside, trying to take advantage of any glimmers of sun to dry the paper. The Centre is beside a soccer pitch, and one member has the surprise embellishment of muddy dog prints decorating her work!

Other enhancements were a bit more controlled, with dried leaves, flowers, fabric pieces, decorative papers etc being laid on the newly formed paper. We tried rusty metal grids, plant material and fabrics to emboss the pages, then towards the end of the day started dyeing the pulp.

Lots of inspirational work was passed around at lunchtime, plus Jeanette brought a big box of goodies to show us. There was a great variety of beautiful work – though I didn’t get a shot of her “feral book”.

No photos of my results yet – everything is still drying, so I’ll finish with some shots of the building. It’s a council facility, apparently originally a sewerage works that was decommissioned in the 1920s. It’s a beautiful space.


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