Volume 11, Number 2
Speakers' Bureau, Pt. I
Carriage House Handmade Paper Works is both a paper-making studio
and a research facility. The studio is actively engaged in technical
research in papermaking fibers, pulps, colorants, and permanence of
paper. Proprietors Elaine and Donna Koretsky have traveled widely to
remote areas of the world, exploring old methods of paper-making
that are still being practiced. They have documented their
experiences with extensive photography, as well as with the
collection of actual papermaking tools, materials, and unusual
Either Donna or Elaine is prepared to give a presentation on many
aspects of papermaking, in the nature of a slide/lecture,
demonstration, or a participatory workshop. A few suggested topics,
some of which they have already presented to groups in the U.S. and
- A Papermaking Odyssey Through the Himalayas, focusing on Nepal,
Sikkim, Bhotan and Tibet.
- The Gold Beaters of Mandalay. This covers the unusual bamboo and
rice straw papers produced for the gold beating process in
- Killing Green--The Origins of Papermaking in China.
- Nagashizuki: Japanese Papermaking. This is a slide/ lecture
illustrated by visits to a number of Japanese papermakers, each
producing a highly specialized paper. A workshop includes the entire
Japanese process, from the tree to the finished paper; also, each
student makes an actual Japanese mould, and learns a variety of
techniques, such as the making of "cloud paper" and "raindrop
- Papermaking in Western Europe. This includes the old mills of
Richard de Bas in France; Barcham Green in England; De Schoolmeester
mill in Holland; and Hahnemuhle in Germany.
- In the Footsteps of Dard Hunter, 50 Years Later. This covers the
fate of the Kashmiri papermakers of India; and the last papermaking
family of Bangkok, where Elaine wades into a canal to make paper
with the Thais.
- A Search for the Wild Stellera in Central Tibet. Elaine's hunt
for an unusual plant, the root of which was used by the former
Carriage House Handmade Paper Works is at 8 Evans Road,
Brookline, MA 02146 (617/232-1636).
Other experienced speakers are invited to send lists of
presentation topics for inclusion in the Newsletter.
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