Waste fabric made into paper by local artist Helen Porter
The 100% cellulose fabrics (cottons, bamboos etc) get collected from the studio and our London factories and go to local artist Helen Porter to be made into paper
"Phannatiq fabric is made into paper by cutting into 2 cm x 2 cm squares, and beating in a Hollander beater, which circulates the fibre in a water race, forcing it under some blades to render the fibre into pulp. The pulp is then added to more water, in a vat, and paper formed with a mould and deckle.
For two years I have been making paper with fabric, recycled paper and plants, including NZ flax and nettles. I learnt at PULP in Glasgow, and Morley College, London.
Paper is made from cellulose fibres, cotton, linen, the bast fibre that holds the plant up. In Europe making paper from fabric in has been around for hundreds of years, and recycling fibre to make paper also. As well as Anna's fabric, I source material from freecycle, charity shops and friends. Cutting it up is quite labour intensive, and traditionally beaters, powered by water wheels were used. Recycling to make paper is traditional too.
As well as printing on the paper (recently I produced a small book of excerpts from an encyclopaedia written by Thomas Forster (1761 - 1825) first printed in , listing observations of the seasons' flora and fauna (eg ...."Meadow grass is generally cut about London by the 15th of June....") I sell or give the paper to local artists, and also have given papermaking workshops and demonstrations, (including William Morris Gallery during 2016 Garden Party, at the Mill Community Centre, Crypt Gallery for the Art Catcher Madonna exhibition,and Tarzy Wood Festival in Wanstead).