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A Papermaker’s Vision of Spring – by Guest Blogger Lisa Harkins

April 11, 2012

Here is what many people see as spring approaches.

Siberian Iris, a breath of early spring purchased at a local market. Photo © Lisa M Harkins

Here’s what I see.

Crocosmia - new growth springing up from the old. © Lisa M Harkins

As the garden wakens from its long winter’s sleep, I begin the cleanup.  Dead leaves that protected the plants in their winter bed are normally put into the compost pile.  I put them into my cooking pot.  So many common garden plants are wonderful for papermaking – iris, crocosmia, daylily, hosta, New Zealand flax – the list is quite long. Their fiber-rich leaves have been through a wet and cold season of what papermakers call “winter retting.”  Much of what is not fiber in the plant gets rotted away, leaving behind the cellulose.

Stringy cellulose remains after other parts of the plant have rotted away. © Lisa M Harkins

Mother Nature’s help makes my job quicker and easier, so I can get down to the finished product.

Hand-carved rubber block print from personal sketch, printed on hand-made Crocosmia paper. Art and photograph © Lisa M Harkins

If you would like to learn more about making paper from plants, come join me for my class in June.  The brochure is here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Barbara Fox permalink
    April 12, 2012 6:10 pm

    I love that you have taken from your spring garden and used garden materials to complete your vision. Thanks for sharing this project Lisa!

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