Last Friday, I had to make some paper to test recently designed and printed papermaking molds with the Japanese wave pattern. One of the molds was a novelty for our shop — it's designed to make A6-sized sheets of paper.
This vintage Russian magazine about printing was published for only two years, but it already gave me a lot of insights into the epoch. This time we share the second issue of the first year of publishing: December 1901.
If you’re not already a fan, you likely think anime is all about fantastical adventures or about highly idealized life. But a new anime television series turns all of these expectations on their head, offering a wonderful visual journey of bookmaking.
All around the world, invaluable cultural resources are threatened by political conflict, environmental challenges, and instability. In Sri Lanka, grassroots efforts offer two important models of preservation of knowledge, wisdom, and skills.
Washi is often dubbed “the world’s thinnest paper,”. Chinzei’s variety, tengu-joshi washi, is 0.02 millimeters thick and weighs 1.6 grams per square meter. As opposed to standard paper, which is thicker and weighs 70 grams per square meter.
One of my recent finds during the trip to Romania was a convoluted collection of the French paper industry edition Papyrus from 1931 that included one additional issue from 1930. This is the first digitized issue from that collection.
My kids visited me in the Netherlands for a week and among other things we made some paper. My daughter made a YouTube video about that!
Every time I sell a papermaking mold, I make some recycled paper to test it. Initially I used only some leftover paper like bills or misprints, but at some moment last autumn I added pieces of my old blue T-shirt and I loved the result!
I'm a bit disturbed by the titles like "The last traditional papermaker," or "The last bookbinder of New York." These titles are misleading and untrue. However, that's how the video is headlined. Nevertheless, it is kind and makes us to think about our modern world.