In the elective lessons of Seika, Japanese paper making interests me the most, as the traditional paper making course is not easy to find in Western countries. Paper comes from nature, making paper can be viewed as a process of communication with nature as well.
1.In our first lesson, recycling carbon paper were used. They were divided according to colour, so there won’t be a dirty colour for the outcome
2.Carbons were put in a pulper with water and became a paste shape
3.Put the paste in a paper making mold floating on water.
4.Dry the extra water
In common sense, paper is flat, so I was very fond of making 3D paper sculpture. We used plaster to cast our hand first, then put the paper into plaster mode.
In advanced lesson, we were taught to make coloured paper. Instead of painting with colours on the paper, paper can be made with colours initially.
-Prepare Kozo, which is mulberry in English, dye it with pigment
-Dry out the extra colours to get all the colour seep into Kozo (long long process)
-Have a layer of original Kozo, a layer of glue(made from taro), and the coloured layer
The two layers of a paper