In the heart of the Himalayas, Nepalese artisans combine a traditional process of ancient paper making with modern fashion and style. The result is a high-quality paper product, prized for its superior strength, durability, and rich texture.
Handmade from the bark of the Daphne plant by women’s cooperatives in Nepal this natural product is 100% handmade using local raw materials, simple technology, and ancient skills. Each piece of paper is unique with slight variations in color, thickness, size and shape.
The uniqueness of this handmade paper beautifully complements the detailed photographic studies individually printed in the studio of photographers Dennis and Roy Barloga. This combination of paper and image- titled and hand signed in pencil- results in a distinctive, one of a kind artwork for your enjoyment.
ENGLISH WATERCOLOR PAPER -
On the banks of the pristine River Axe- surrounded by by the green fields and quiet country lanes of Somerset County, England- historic Cuthbert's Mill has been producing high quality artists papers since the 1700's. Using one of the few remaining Cylinder Mould machines left in the world, the master papermakers make only high quality Mouldmade papers that are archival as well as visually beautiful.
This is the place of origin for the Somerset papers, the standard of excellence for printmaking paper. This 100% cotton rag paper makes for long term durability and the acid free, buffered cotton base ensures archivability. This natural white paper yields exceptionally rich detail with a velvety fine art texture. The beautiful random surface texture of the paper enhances the finished print, without overwhelming the image.
The texture of this handmade paper beautifully complements the detailed photographic studies individually printed in the studio of photographers Dennis and Roy Barloga. This combination of paper and image- titled and hand signed in pencil- results in a distinctive, one of a kind artwork for your enjoyment.
AMATE PERLA / SIERRA PAPER -
In the mountainous regions of central Mexico, indigenous Otami artisans perpetuate a traditional process of hand-made paper making started nearly 3000 years ago. Using the bark of the Amate, Nettle and Mulberry trees, this artisanal process involves washing, boiling, bleaching, coloring and pounding to produce the Amate paper.
Due to the handmade nature of the paper and the use of bark, each piece of acid- free Amate paper is unique with slight variations in color, thickness, color and shape. The variegated textural surface of this paper complement the detailed photographic studies printed in the studio of Dennis and Roy Barloga. It hangs beautifully without formal framing but presents a sophisticated look when framed more formally. This combination of paper and image- titled and hand signed- results in a distinctive, one of a kind artwork for your enjoyment.
KOZO PAPER -
Kozo, a paper being produced for more than 1400 years, has long been a staple in Japanese arts of all kinds. This Kozo paper, made from the Mulberry bush is a sustainable resource long prized by papermakers for its long fibers. Mulberry is harvested during the winter months in the mountainous regions of Japan and stripped of its outer bark to reveal the white “shirokawa”, the fibers that make this paper unique. These fibers are carefully cooked and then beaten on a wood or stone surface. Traditional paper making methods -including vats and moulds are used by highly skilled artisans to make the paper. Then the paper is formed, pressed, and dried. The resulting sheet has a beautiful, nearly translucent quality with a surface finish that diffuses direct light across the sheet.
This particular Kozo paper is made in small batches on the Island of Shikoku by a family of artisans that have been mastering the craft and quality of paper making for eight generations. They produce an impressive Kozo sheet which has a phenomenal strength to weight ratio. It is one of the few papers that will undulate beautifully when hung without formal framing but will present a sophisticated, regal look when framed more formally.
Within minutes of our first touch, we knew that this beautifully delicate paper was the answer to some of our yet to be realized visual ideas. We use Kozo as a blank canvas and often impart our signature color ways and textures to interesting effect. We hope you like the result.