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KHADI Log Books

KHADI Log Books

Introducing our new, legendary Khadi log books as used by Captain Cook, Captain Scott and Captain Kirk … the essential travelling companion made from our 100% cotton rag paper, tough enough to survive conditions in the South Seas, Antarctica and Outer Space … These paperback log books have exposed section-stitched bindings and classic unevenly trimmed edges. They come with charcoal grey handmade paper tabs. The paper is acid free and is sized internally with neutral pH size. Books have 180 pages … enough for the longest of journeys. At the same time they will fit comfortably in the pocket of your greatcoat. Great for note taking in ink, crayon or watercolour. KHADI log books are available in white or grey paper. Recently featured in The Wedding Secret magazine's second anniversary (cotton!) article   https://www.theweddingsecret.co.uk/magazine/second-wedding-anniversary-gift-ideas-cotton

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KHADI Paper Hearts

KHADI Paper Hearts

For decorations, invitations,weddings, Valentines … These papers are made in the shape of a heart, not simply cut out from a bigger sheet. They are made by stitching an aluminium rod formed into a heart shape onto the mesh surface of the paper mould. Each heart is slightly different (as it should be) and each one has a natural deckle edge. Paper hearts come in white or in packs of five shades of pink. The surface is medium-rough. The larger size is 15cm across; the new mini size is 7cm across. Sold in packs of 20 paper hearts, or 5 paper hearts and 5 envelopes. See our online shop.       Big Paper from Bhutan On our last visit to Bhutan we met Mr Kandu who had trained in Japan in the art of making the suketa paper moulds used in Japanese nagashizuki  papermaking.  Nagashizuki is a dipping and layering technique of sheet forming.  He has made for us the largest size of paper made by this technique we have yet seen, measuring 830x1250mm – that’s nearly three feet by just over four feet. We have two versions of this paper, one made from the softer, more delicate mitsumata fibre, the other from the harder, high growing fibre called denak, a Bhutanese variety of lokta.  

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Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Nepal Earthquake Appeal

The RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour) is an artist led, Scottish Charity that exists to promote the art of watercolour painting in Scotland and beyond. Our Royal Patron is HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. Many of our members enjoy working on Khadi papers. Shortly after the earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015 one of our members suggested we raise funds by producing a body of work for sale at our Annual Exhibition. This way, we can try to help, in the best way we can, support the people who make the paper we use and the wider community. We are delighted to have 40 paintings, all produced on A5 cotton rag Khadi paper. This year will be our 135th Annual Exhibition. As well as showcasing works by leading and emerging Scottish watercolour artists we will be presenting a selection of paintings by artists from Italy, Spain, Belgium and USA. Our invited artists are Stuart MacKenzie RSA and Peter Randall-Page. RSW Winter Annual Exhibition 27 Nov-12 Dec 2015 Upper Galleries, RSA Building, The Mound, Edinburgh The images below are courtesy RSW, copyrights the artists. Note from Khadi "Khadi Papers have been working with papermakers from Nepal and India for more than 25 years.  The Nepalese papers are made from the fibre of lokta, a plant that grows above 3000 metres in the Himalayan forests.  Lokta is a renewable resource and its cultivation provides much needed employment in the hill areas.  The people of this region have endured incredible hardship - ongoing political unrest, a decade long civil war, and this year a catastrophic earthquake.  Here in the UK we have much to learn about resilience and fortitude from the people of Nepal." Nigel MacFarlane   [gallery ids="1900,1874,1902,1901,1899,1898,1897,1896,1903,1895,1894,1893,1892,1891,1890,1889,1888,1887,1886,1885,1884,1883,1882,1881,1880,1879,1878,1877,1876,1875,1873,1872"]

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‘Waterproof’ trailer by Graham Dean

‘Waterproof’ trailer by Graham Dean

Graham Dean has sent us a link to a trailer of his new film 'Waterproof'. He says: "My intention was to make a new type of documentary film which is a hybrid - a dialogue between painting and film , sensuous, haunting, visceral and revealing which echoes how I work with watercolour and paper in terms of layering, assembling and jig-sawing images together. I hope this will be of interest to you as much as my work might be. I’m very proud of it, and we are currently working on part two which is the interview section and are half way through the edit. I have made the film with what you might call a skeleton crew. I have filmed and edited one day a week for a whole year with Joe Murray here in Brighton. My long time collaborator, David Rhodes, has composed the soundtrack (David is currently performing with Kate Bush in London ) and the sound has been done by Tim Oliver at Real World studios. Tim has worked with everyone from Goldfrapp to Sinead O’Connor and Robert Plant. As usual, I have exchanged my paintings with all the above for the enormous work and time for this project –‘Waterproof’. I consider it as much part of my work as my paintings – an extension , where I’m creating new images out of existing ones but these only exist in film form. Hope you enjoy it." Link to YouTube: http://youtu.be/wf01Uiv47KA

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