POLITICO has published a collection of helpful instructions for paper-making businesses.
The book is called Papercraft: The Art of Papermaking, and it’s aimed at all levels of papermaking.
But it’s a book that also teaches the basics of making things from paper.
“We know a lot about how to make stuff from paper,” says a book-keeper in the book, a business owner in her early 30s.
“But it’s not just making paper.
You have to make everything from scratch, which is a bit of a daunting thing.”
In the book’s back cover, a woman with a face mask, a head scarf, a face-paint brush and a pencil are pictured on a desk with the words: “Make a paper sculpture.”
She’s also seen with a “paper” carving machine, which she uses to make sculptures out of scraps of cardboard.
“I think it’s great that you’re taking a lot of the things you think you know about making things that are easy to make,” she says.
“So much of the time, if you think about what you can do to make something simple, then you’ll be much more likely to do it.
But if you can get something done and you don’t have a lot more time, then it can be a little daunting.”
The book has an appendix that shows you how to build the basic tools of a paper-makers’ workshop, including a large, flat-bottomed work table.
It also lists the different tools and materials you’ll need to make the basic shapes, such as a paper mold and a large-scale model.
“When I first started out in the business, I had no idea how much of what I was doing was actually done by hand,” says the business owner.
“I’ve made it through a lot.
It’s been a long journey.”
But in the meantime, she’s been learning the craft.
She began making paper sculptures in 2008, and by 2011, she was running her own business with the help of her family.
Now she’s a self-taught art teacher, and she says she’s not even thinking about the traditional business.
“This is a totally different way of doing things,” she said.
“There are some skills that you need to learn, but you don: you can just go and learn those skills.”
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