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Thursday, 15 September 2016
Did you know that a Paper Machine has a
‘Wet End’ and a ‘Dry End’?
The "wet end" of a
paper machine is a general term for parts of the system that involve a slurry
of fibres, fillers, and other
additives. When looking at a paper machine it is easy to identify the "dry
end" where a roll of paper is being formed. The rough dividing line
between the wet end and the dry end is often drawn at the wet-press section,
the last place in which water is pulled from the wet web of paper.
The Dry End is the part of the paper machine where the paper
is dried, surface sized, calendared and reeled.
St Cuthberts Mill supports the Bristol RWA
Open show with a prize of 20 sheets of
Saunders Watercolour paper. Local artist Fiona Hingston won this prize in 2013
for her work Collection Box. She went on to use the paper for a series of
woodland drawings that saw her win the Hauser and Wirth prize at the Black Swan
Open last year.
Fiona has spent many years using earth as the basis for her
drawings. With the addition of ink,
charcoal and graphite she builds up layers on a paper support and draws with a
knife blade and improvised tools and erasers. Scraping back, constantly
refining the subject and exposing stains and imperfections over what can be
long periods of time, embeds an image both in the paper and in her mind.
Watercolour paper was not something she had
thought of using, but with her prize of twenty sheets she began experimenting
and realized that the paper would be perfect for a series based on woodland
near her home. The soft smoothness of the paper absorbed the wash of earth
leaving a sepia tone when erased. The thickness of the paper also meant that it
could be reworked with charcoal and coloured pencils.
These drawings will
be on show at her studio for Somerset Open Studios during September. Venue 115.