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I feel as though it confuses people to hear that I make paper. What does that mean? Isn't paper already made? Why bother? Paper can be bought machine-made in a store in every color or texture imaginable. Making paper takes much more time and it requires more equipment than just opening a package of commercial papers. You can even buy commercial recycled papers now if you're worried about the environment. But what you can't get from all those brightly colored, smooth, textured, thin, thick, and even eco-friendly papers is the human element.

I know that I am connected to a wide web of strangers and friends through my paper. Often when I am pulling sheets of paper, I will wonder how many people touched it in its previous life as a job application or a page in an instructional booklet, and how many more people will touch it after I break it down to its basest form, remake it…

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  • Nonbinary
  • Born on August 25
  • Joined June 7, 2008

Favorite materials

Paper, pencils, paint, polymer clay, wood, handmade paper, recycled paper, scrap paper

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White Dragon Paper handmade paper and...

About

I feel as though it confuses people to hear that I make paper. What does that mean? Isn't paper already made? Why bother? Paper can be bought machine-made in a store in every color or texture imaginable. Making paper takes much more time and it requires more equipment than just opening a package of commercial papers. You can even buy commercial recycled papers now if you're worried about the environment. But what you can't get from all those brightly colored, smooth, textured, thin, thick, and even eco-friendly papers is the human element.

I know that I am connected to a wide web of strangers and friends through my paper. Often when I am pulling sheets of paper, I will wonder how many people touched it in its previous life as a job application or a page in an instructional booklet, and how many more people will touch it after I break it down to its basest form, remake it and send it off as a new, blank sheet, or as a page in a handmade journal.

Making paper is a time-consuming, repetitive, very relaxing process. I love doing it because I can take unwanted office paper, school notes, and household waste papers that have served their purpose and are at the end of their life, and save them from the trash. I feel as though I am giving those papers a rebirth, bringing them back at the start of a new journey. They still contain the knowledge from their past life as a grocery list or term paper, but it's all chopped up and no longer readable. So now they are given a second life as a new sheet of paper for someone to write a love note on, to write the next great novel on, to send a heartfelt card or draw a stunning picture on. The possibilities truly are endless.

While there are many hand paper-makers around the world, White Dragon Paper is unique in its goal of providing high quality handmade papers made from 100% recycled materials in both individual and wholesale volumes.

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