Helen Freidrick

In June 1993, Helen Frederick directed a week-long workshop at the Horton Center at Mountain Lake that engaged 32 community participants in making handmade Japanese-style vegetable-fiber papers. These extraordinarily strong long-fiber papers are usually derived from the inner bark of the mitsumata bush, gampi tree, and kozo (or mulberry) tree. However, we used a prepared abaca plant fiber from the Philippines, considered one of the strongest of the natural fibers, and neri, as a natural formation aid and viscous binder and a good deflocculant that slows drainage through the paper mold screens.