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HANDMADE PAPER

I was collecting seaweed on my favorite beach on the Magdalen Islands (îles de la Madeleine, in the Gulf of St-Lawrence), when a tourist asked : “What are you picking up? Most people will gather shells, pretty stones, but seaweed…?” I could have answered something witty about sushis, but instead, too absorbed in my papermaking project, I talked about paper pulp, to which you can add seaweed, ultimately making books, etc. For me, it is magic.

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Gathering seaweed…


…in the beautiful scenery……of the Magdalen Islands



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As I do not know them all under their scientific Latin names. Seaweed, for me, are still called : sea lettuce, sea grapes, sea parsley



Washed and sorted, the seaweed will next be dropped into the vat of paper pulp


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Forming a sheet



Draining water off the frame
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Nothing matches the islands’ wind to dry handmade paper


My favourite clothes line is… a paper line!
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Sea lettuce embedded in abacca and cotton pulp



Neatly stacked handmade paper sheets waiting for the next step, such as becoming a book, an engraving, a letter…
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… or embossed on old keys

















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