I studied Asian papermaking techniques with a number of traditional masters while on a one year working stay in Japan. I have since been able to modify and combine elements of both Eastern and Western papermaking tradition in my work.
An example of this is my Berlin-Tissue (gossamer) paper, which is made out of the best quality imported Japanese mitsumata and kozo (mulberry) bast fibers.
The bast is first cooked in an alkaline solution, soaked, cleaned and beaten by hand, and then formed into sheets of up to 1.5 g/m². These paper webs are indispensible for the “invisible” restoration of fragile objects (handwritten and music manuscripts) as well as for aesthetic (unseen), “freely” hanging frames for objects meant to be viewed from both sides (Archimedes – Palimpsest (parchment).