My first piece of paper weaving. Shifu is a Japanese technique of spinning and weaving paper.
Firstly the paper is folded and cut
And then cut again to form continuous piece of paper yarn
The paper is the spun using a drop spindle to form a thin yarn that can be woven.
Then rolled onto a makeshift spool
An improvised loom for weaving
Small tight weave and a larger more open weave and A variegated hand dyed indigo thread for the warp and spun paper for the weft.
Experimentation was encouraged. There was some paper dyeing and distressing, the Japanese paper handled the process better
Than my brown paper lunch bag
Marks were made onto the papers using traditional Japanese inks and dyes and written text. These will add an element of colour to the spun paper.
Booklets were made
I really liked this one, the envelopes can be increased by adding more card or paper and tailored to fit any size
It opens out to reveal a series of envelope pockets that you put things into
There was some 'show and tell' to inspire and a little book for sale - A Little Book About Shifu and Botanical Pressure Printing.
Many of my interests combined in one class.