A Papermaker’s Vision of Spring – by Guest Blogger Lisa Harkins
Here is what many people see as spring approaches.
Here’s what I see.
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.
Mother Nature’s help makes my job quicker and easier, so I can get down to the finished product.
If you would like to learn more about making paper from plants, come join me for my class in June. The brochure is here.