Paper ~ it's such a familiar item that it's easy to think it's always been so easy to come by. Thanks to Reflex and the Industrial Revolution, we have a seemingly never-ending supply of cheaply and easily made paper. Which is why you may have slipped a disc retrieving the daily mountain of catalogues stuffing up your letterbox over the pre-Christmas period.
For at least the last several thousand years, even before modern manufacturing methods, people the world over have been making paper by hand from various plants - hemp, papyrus (which is where we get our modern word, paper), flax, cotton, even silk. In some times and places people used parchment - animal skin. Today we use wood because it is cheaply and easily sourced.
Tim Spencer has been an art teacher for over 30 years and has a passion for creativity and sustainability. For five bucks he will teach you how to take unloved old paper and recycle - or upcycle - it into lovely new paper.
Tim says, "This event takes 2 hours and it's very busy. I combine 'show & tell' with 'have a go' and I show how to make recycled paper from start to finish, including the necessary equipment and lots of examples including embossing, relief printing as well as laser printed text. There is not enough time to actually make all the different products in such a short time, but participants will know by the end if they wish to get more involved, eg, at a future longer workshop."