Blowouts of clamps, fresh and wet, dry and used.

We pull a sheet of mixed black and white cotton pulp. We lay some clamps over the uncouched mold and remove all the pulp still showing either with our fingers or with the spray from a water hose. The weight of the objects keeps the water pressure from displacing them and disturbing the pulp beneath. The container in the upper left photo is some of that removed pulp.

After the clamps are removed, what is left (photo, upper right) is then couched onto a orange base sheet. Both the black and white sheet and the orange are from cotton rag and linters and were formed with a 12" x 18" deckle box. We did several of these sheets, one of which was torn into strips and collaged into the work, a detail of which is shown in the photo second row right. Most of another sheet was wrapped around the abaca coils that bend a scrap of luan as seen in the bottom photo.


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