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JOT DOWN A FEW NOTES ABOUT PAPER

• Book artist SARAH BROWN

merges embroidery, paper

folding and traditional book

binding techniques to strike a

balance between art and craft.

www.sarahbrown.info

• It’s official PAPER CUTS

really hurt. It seems shallow

cuts sting more than deeper

ones because they stimulate

the pain receptors in a concen

trated area of the skin. And

unlike deeper cuts which the

body seals with blood clots; the

near bloodless paper cut leaves

these receptors open to the air,

ensuring continued pain.

Sarah Brown

• In 1997 Time-Lifepicked JOHANNES GUTENBERG’S

(c.1400-1468) creation of

movable type printing in

c.1439 as the most important

invention of the second millennium. Chinese printers may have got there

first, but the German goldsmith’s inspired combination of existing

technology; movable type, mass production, oil-based ink and the use of

a wooden printing press similar to the screw olive and wine presses is

considered a key factor in the European Renaissance.

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• CARTRIDGE PAPER is usually produced from wood pulps, esparto

(grass) pulp or a combination of the two. The term cartridge paper

derives from its original use in forming the tube section of shotgun shells.

A thicker version was known as 'canon cartridge paper' but both were

eventually replaced by self-contained brass cartridges. The Chinese were

the first to combine paper

and explosives in 600AD to

produce 'firecrackers'.

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• What do a Grand Eagle, an

Elephant and an Emperor have

in common? Only the fact that

they were accepted PAPER SIZES before the rise of the

mathematically sound – but less

excitingly named – ISO paper

sizes. Adopted by almost every

nation on earth only the USA

and Canada still refuse to follow

the A10 to 4A0 metric system –

so presumably one could still

enter a stationery store in New

York and ask for an elephant...

• “ ONLY ON PAPER has humanity

yet achieved glory, beauty, truth,

knowledge, virtue and abiding love.”

George Bernard Shaw, Critic,

Playwright and Essayist, 1856-1950.

• The Felbrigge Psalter is the OLDEST example of English

embroidery on a book cover. The

13th-century manuscript is now

in the British Library.

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