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Pixel Point is always on the look-out for unique handmade paper and we like to use that paper to help create a theme for each of our editions.

This unique journal cover is crafted from paper made from kudzu vines harvested in upstate South Carolina. The collage on the cover is Nancy Basket’s unique interpretation of Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina

In 1989, Nancy Basket began experimenting with the “notorious” kudzu vine after moving to the Carolinas to be close to the Cherokee Reservation. Nancy shares her Native American heritage through her art and by the retelling of ancient legends. She says of her work,” I feel the Old Ones guiding my fingers and I am proud to be making something beautiful.” A contemporary basket maker and fiber artist, Nancy takes her name from the work she does and from her Cherokee grandmother, Margaret Basket. Nancy is an artist-in-education in basketry, papermaking, and storytelling in the Carolinas.

Native to the Orient, kudzu vine grows 12 inches daily. Asians use every part of the plant. Kudzu roots, weighing up to 400 pounds, are ground into powder and used as a thickener in cooking. Vines are processed and exported as grass-cloth wallpaper and are woven into expensive clothing, once used as gifts for emperors. Leaves have been used for hundreds of years in medicinal teas and a wide variety of foods. The purple flowers smell like grape bubble gum and are used in jelly-making. In the 1920’s, kudzu was imported to the southern U.S. as a ground cover for erosion control. Today, because of its prodigious, unchecked growth, it is considered a menace.

Nancy hopes to change folks’ opinions about kudzu from that of a maligned and laughed at weed into that of a new and inexhaustible source of tree-free paper.

Our classic size journals are 5 x 7 inch. The book blocks of 96 pages are made from treefree paper made from sugar cane harvest waste. We hand sew each block using linen thread. Our bookblocks are cased in using long grain cellulose adhesives. The journal has an introduction on the topics of Rainbow Row houses in Charleston, SC, kudzu vines and Nancy Basket. The balance of the journal is blank with light lines to help with your entries.

Handbound Journal Rainbow Row

Overview

  • Materials: treefree sugarcane paper, linen thread, kudzu vine paper, linen cloth
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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