HEATHERMATTHEW
Taller Leñateros, Chiapas, Mexico 

Adventures in Paper making | 2011 & 2013

Papermaking is as old as civilisation itself. In 2011 and 2013 I travelled to Mexico and the USA to explore a variety of paper productions.

Taller Leñateros, Chiapas, Mexico 

Taller Leñateros, Chiapas, Mexico 

This paper, print and book publishing cooperative Taller Lenateros  is run by Mayan artists in San Cristóbal de las Casas. 

 Using a pedal powered beater, paper is made from wild plants and recycled agricultural and industrial waste.  

Using a pedal powered beater, paper is made from wild plants and recycled agricultural and industrial waste.  

 Wet paper is 'couched' onto metal sheets which are then hauled onto the flat roof to dry in the hot Mexican sun.

Wet paper is 'couched' onto metal sheets which are then hauled onto the flat roof to dry in the hot Mexican sun.

Amate Paper, Puebla, Mexico

Amate Paper, Puebla, Mexico

Traditional Mayan papermaking uses Amate paper, the bark paper on which the Mayan codices was written. This artwork was created by Julio Chichicaxtle who uses traditional Mexican designs in his artworks. 

 I first met Julio Chichicaxtle at the  Feria Maestros del Arte  in November 2011 and was invited to his studio in the remote mountainous village of Puhuatlan. You can read all about this adventure in  Paper Slurry.    

I first met Julio Chichicaxtle at the Feria Maestros del Arte in November 2011 and was invited to his studio in the remote mountainous village of Puhuatlan. You can read all about this adventure in Paper Slurry.

 

Cave Paper, Minneapolis, USA | 2013

Cave Paper, Minneapolis, USA | 2013

Cave Paper is a small handmade paper production business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this basement studio, full length aprons and gumboots are worn to keep people as dry (and warm) as possible.

 In April 2013 I was fortunate to be given an internship at Cave Paper where I participated in making different varieties of paper, including this seed paper. 

In April 2013 I was fortunate to be given an internship at Cave Paper where I participated in making different varieties of paper, including this seed paper. 

Big Ass Paper PBI | 2013

Big Ass Paper PBI | 2013

Paper Book Intensive is a two week residency held every year at Ox-Bow, Michigan. The 'Big Ass' paper making workshop was my first introduction to making large sheets of kozo paper.