Working today with Cas Holmes as guide and inspiration at Bilston Craft Gallery was a transformatory experience. I have been moving in this direction recently -a mode of patched, upcycled, repurposed paper and fabric - and this was a wonderful consolidation day.
I am enthralled by the use of paper made into cloth by the Momigami technique from Japan, where the paper is scrunched time and time again and "fed" with oil. It becomes almost like chamois leather in softness. I could then hand and machine stitch into it with ease. I believe the Japanese layer this and make a certain style of clothing from it. Paper was once made from rag and pulp and we are turning it back to cloth again this way.
The above image uses only three papers - a waxed batik type paper, a magazine page and a photocopy of some ancient Japanese brown manuscript. There is a little cream lace too. I am going to work on this further and create another piece from the off-cuts from this one.
Cas Holmes has written a wonderful book:
Many of these techniques are covered in here.
Below are some images from others in the group: