Hand papermaking has a long-standing tradition of using textile remnants and clothing rags as the source material of plant fiber, transforming them into paper sheets. The clothing humans wear carries with it the physical memory of where it has been: the location it was grown, milled, sewn and sold. For the end user, much of the memory of the clothing is captured in the professional settings, familial relationships, photographs and travels during which it was worn, eventually being passed along or discarded as waste.
These fibers turned to rags carry those individual’s experiences and life. The clothing becomes an appropriate access point to these moments, often acting as a conduit for story and reference as it is transformed into paper. The fibers can be a portrait of a person.