In our age of abundant visuals, it is easy to look at 18th-century Romantic poet William Blake’s illuminated books without realizing just how revolutionary and ingenious they were.
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!
“Conservators in Collections Care repair a book with a broken cover to prevent further damage. Protecting Harvard’s special collections of rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, photographs, and other treasures is the mission of Harvard Library Preservation Services.” Continue reading →
Pop-ups are that type of books I’m a bit scared of even trying to make. I know there are workshops and classes that offer you studying how to make pop-up books (I even have one next block). But… You know… They are so complicated and beautiful! There are so many things that could go wrong! Continue reading →
Even today many printers only uses paper hand made in selective province's in China, this special paper is made using an age old technology. The paper is called jade paper, it begins with bamboo and hemp being ground into pulp. After this, workers lie a very fine bamboo sieve vertically into the solution and let the sieve sit in this manner to collect the fibers.
The fibers are then carefully smoothed out on a wooden board until they take shape, dehydrate and become a thin piece of paper. After it is completely dried, it becomes a sheet of paper. The water used in every step from grinding the hemp and the bamboo to sieving the fabric comes from nearby mountain springs. Tap water is never used. As a result, this paper, perfectly absorbing the ink is ideal for block printing.