KGpapers

Hand made paper

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Last updated on Jul 26, 2019

Welcome to KGpapers. Natural fiber hand made paper made from cotton, linen, silk, abaca, and kozo (mulberry.)

Shipping prices listed are for USA ONLY.

Out of country shipping prices must be figured on each sale.

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Kathy Gurwell

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Kathy Gurwell

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About KGpapers

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Traveling Paper

I started paper making in 1974 in San Francisco. I have a background in printmaking and had trained as a fine print curator at Tamarind Lithography Institute in Albuquerque where mostly European print papers were used.
The Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic had bought the plans for a paper making workshop (and then built it) from Howard Clark, of TwinRocker Paper Mill. I volunteered there for a year and then bought the entire workshop. The Hollander beater, 4 lb capacity, is from Howard Clark's first plans. I also have 2 Critter beaters, capacities of 2 lb and 1 lb, from Mark Landers. I began making paper with cloth from an enormous bale of clothing from Good Will.
I have continued to deconstruct clothing and fabric of 100% natural fibers - cotton, linen and silk - cut it into pieces, beat it in the Hollander or Critter beater, and reform the pulp into sheets of hand made paper.
The color of the paper comes from the color of the material used. Fibers and colors are blended for richer, more intense colors for the stationery sets. Neutral colored fibers - abaca, cotton, kozo and flax create the softer, more natural colors.
Sheet paper comes in 5 sizes:
5.5 x 8.5", 8.5 x 11", 11 x 17", 17 x 22" and 15 x 18".
I returned to Texas in 1982 with my equipment on wheels and continue to work with fiber in as many creative ways as I can.
I spent a week in Fabriano, Italy at the Museo della Carta in 2003. I worked with their Maestro paper maker, their fine pulp, and watermarks.
In 2010 I spent a week at the Williams Museum of Paper in Atlanta, Ga. learning to make paper in the Japanese manner, have been exploring this technique since then, and have added this type of paper to my paper stock. I attended a 5 day workshop at the Awagawa Paper Factory in Japan in August 2016 and visited other paper makers and villages in the area.
Visiting France in 2018, I made a tour of 3 paper mills, Ruscombe Mill outside Bordeaux, Le Moulin du Veger in Puymoyen and Richard de Bas in Ambert.
Paper made by hand in the West is a little known and fading craft yet it is kept alive around the world in small commercial and private studios by hard working craftsmen and women.
Bravo!

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  • Kathy Gurwell

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Paper making since 1974 after printmaking background. Love fabric, fiber, color. Sheet paper, stationery, paper sculpture, paper screens, blank books, art pieces. Large Hollander & 2 small Critter beaters, plus wooden mallets make beautiful pulps.

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