Papermaking using book pages: Hidden narratives and lost stories


'Papermaking using book pages: Hidden narratives and lost stories' is a collection of images showing the papermaking process during my time on the AA2A programme using book pages.

Here is a selection of images that displays the finished dry outcome of my first attempt at making paper using book pages. I laid the paper onto a worn black surface in the paper making space, there was this beautiful contrast between the ivory paper and flecks of lettering that appear amongst the surface onto the black background that I took the opportunity to photograph.

Making paper using book pages came with it's share of challenges and unexpected outcomes and discoveries, but it created beautiful paper where the writing and letters from the book pages are churned up into pulp and re-appear on the surface of the paper as fragmented stories, a nod to the lost histories and experiences particularly of queer people, women, of the working class... those of complicated experiences, of loss, of desire... a rich tapestry re-emerging as traces of what once was, words that remain spoken and unspoken and inkeeping with this idea of memory, ghosts, closure and the 'inbetween spaces' which we inhabit. 

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