This is the beginning of my third semester in grad school at Memphis College of Art
. I am continuing with paper making and wondering why I waited so long to try it. MCA has an exceptional area for paper making, thanks to retired Professor Dolph Smith. His daughter-in-law, Colleen, is now teaching the class, and this week we worked on making paper from recycled fabrics. I used old jeans, and here is what the process of breaking down the fabric looks like:
Mixing and breaking down the fabric in the beater:
The broken down fabric after only 10 minutes:
Foam building up from detergent residue in washed clothes:
The pulp after about 30 minutes:
The paper turned out beautifully! Pics to follow when it's not so cloudy outside!
Thanks for looking!