Sunday, July 10, 2011

Paper Weaving

 Toward the end of last year I commissioned Rhonda, a bookbinder and paper marbler, to hand marble a slew of paper for one of my custom projects. I needed the paper to make endsheets for a series of guest books. Her work was beautiful and I couldn't have been happier with the result.

 In order to turn the marbled paper into endsheets, I mounted it onto a thicker paper that is sure to be durable for the repeated opening and constant use the books will receive. Each set of endsheets was made oversized and then trimmed to match height and width of the pages of the book block.

Above are the neatly trimmed marbled endsheets in action! I just loved the look of all of the trimmed strips neatly lining my recycling bin, and I couldn't toss them. I also couldn't just let them sit in a drawer for too long without playing with them!

Soon, my paper fiddling turned into paper weaving!

And more paper weaving.

And more! Once I stopped with the marbled paper trimmings, I had a knack for it and didn't feel much like stopping. I picked up some Japanese paper scraps and got cooking!

I plan to mount these little checkered pieces on tissue and then see what happens from there! I'm leaning toward incorporating them into the tops of boxes. Whatever I do, I'm sure the result will be posted here eventually.

8 comments:

  1. Cool! What a good idea. I could see a whole wall filled with little framed samples....

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  2. Beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with these!

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  3. Great idea! And they look fabulous! So glad you were able to make use of every little bit of that paper :)

    Can't wait to see what you do with them next.

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  4. Thanks for your comments! I could see that too, Christina, I'd love that!

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  5. so pretty! i've been trying to come up with ways to use my scraps too - i hate throwing them away. so now i have a drawer full of scraps lol.

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  6. Brilliant! Have you had the time to apply those clever creations towards any project yet?!

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