Monday 19th November

Abaca is a fibre that comes from the stem of the banana leaf. It hydrates well when beaten and produces a string crisp paper.
I experimented with beating times for the pulp, then methods of sheet forming and drying; I then compared the results. The longer the pulp was beaten the finer and more translucent the paper. If the pieces were restrained when drying then sheet was more translucent, and created a crispier sound. If left to dry on the frame the paper responded like the skin of a drum. I then experimented with pouring the pulp and letting the pieces dry freely in hope that the fibres would shrink when drying created effect.