Paper Bricolage

May 3, 2016

 Sourcing paper and fitting them together is the most exciting part of my creative process - often when I find an iteresting piece of paper it sparks a whole new creative process. The paper pictured with the green dots was gifted to me - it is Nepalese handmade lokta paper. It is made from the fibrous inner bark of high elevation evergreen shrubs primarily from two species of Daphne (Greek: meaning "Laurel"): Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea, known collectively and vernacularly as lokta bushes. Lokta bushes proliferate in open clusters or colonies on the southern slopes of Nepal’s Himalayan forests between 1,600 and 4,000 m (c.5,250–13,000 ft).

 

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