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Banana Paper making workshops

Much of my paper production uses locally sourced banana trees which produce exceptionally beautiful paper.

From Plant to Paper

From Plant to Paper

In October 2017 I travelled to Taiwan to hold a series of banana paper making workshops.  

Students from Taiwan National University of the Arts took part in a three day paper making workshop from plant to paper.

We walked to a local banana grove to select plants for the paper making.

 Students chopping the banana plant before cooking

Students chopping the banana plant before cooking

 Cooking the chopped banana paper.

Cooking the chopped banana paper.

 After the fibre was cooked and rinsed, it was put into a Hollander beater.

After the fibre was cooked and rinsed, it was put into a Hollander beater.

 Assistant Professor from the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Pei-Shan Wu checks the progress of the beaten banana fibre in the  beater.      

Assistant Professor from the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Pei-Shan Wu checks the progress of the beaten banana fibre in the  beater.

 

 

 The first batch of paper was exceedingly thin but very beautiful.

The first batch of paper was exceedingly thin but very beautiful.