The conclusion of our Papermaking Wananga

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Kia ora koutou,

Hope you are all safe and well and spending heaps of time with your whanau as we enter the new season of weather.

Another week has gone by and a lot of thoughts, planning and discussion for this terms assignments and projects has happened. Keeping me on the ball are all my tutors along with fellow students I have met and spoken with this week to discuss my plans for the future and also how to approach  things like starting my essay and seminar due in  July. Thank you all for your feedback, positive comments and your friendship.

On a brighter note this week, we have been spoilt and blessed to have had a whole two weeks working with visiting artist Glenda Hape who assisted Tina in teaching us the basics of Traditional Dyeing and also the foundations of making our own paper out of flax.

Glenda thank you for your time and efforts over the last 2 weeks it was truly a beautiful experience to work alongside you as well as observe you in your element.

I hope that your return home this morning with Tina was a pleasant and peaceful journey and you both arrived safely to your destination.

It takes a lot of time, effort and skill to look after a large amount of students like us at Toihoukura so I thank you again for this great privilledge of being in your presence and being your student.

This slideshow is just a brief overview of the weeks events held at Toihoukura where we students experienced the pleasure of being involved in Papermaking.

The pictures start with muka whenu that were freshly stripped by myself and if you look behind it you will see a fadge full of para and leftover bits if harakeke that can be cut into smaller pieces and used to make the flax paper.

This process started off with extracting muka to get the para and bits used to make paper. They were placed in a pot and boiled for over 5 hours which helped to break up the fibres and once this was done they were either manually bashed with the kohatu (rocks) or put into a machine called a hydopulper which breaks the material down into a pulp. It is then placed into another machine that will break it down more so before putting the pulp into tubs of water and scooping it out onto screens made of mesh over a wooden frame. It was then transferred onto a board to dry.

In these photos you will see the results of these processes and the finished product of A4 and A3 sheets of flax paper.

Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy. xox

Kiaora koutou katoa.

Lee. 🙂


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