On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the Jacob Jürgensen Paper Workshop was opened by Marit Ernst with a theoretical part on the history of paper.
You might think that the history of paper began in Egypt, where the ancient Egyptians created papyrus and parchment. However, the real beginning of paper comes from China. From there, the Chinese exported the newly invented creation around the world. Many countries have just as many different standards regarding the color that newsprint should have; in Asia, for example, a pure white paper is considered particularly valuable.
After the theory it was finally time for us trainees to get down to practical work. We were allowed to plunge into the paper hustle and bustle to follow the process pf paper production from start to finish ourselves.
The production route to the right paper turned out to be more challenging and, above all, wetter than expected. Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun. First, we made recycled paper and we quickly found out that the different products softened differently, which was related to the grammage of the paper.
The difficulty was also to find out in which proportions the different additives had to be mixed. We learned that paper can be called “recycled” only if no other additives have been added. And then we were allowed to try our hand at bright white recycled paper.
But then it was done and after a lot of sifting, scooping, drying, and smoothing we were all proud to have made our own souvenir.