A Personal View of Paper History with Simon Green

A Personal View of Paper History with Simon Green

Co-sponsored by the Grabhorn Institute

Hospitality: 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

Simon Barcham Green, former owner of England’s last full-scale commercial handmade paper mill, presents a guided, selective, and very abridged tour through the last 2,000 years of papermaking. Illustrated with a wide variety of images, including many from the Hayle Mill collection dating back to the nineteenth century and also other English Mills, the presentation will also include recollections of major Californian book projects of the late twentieth century using Hayle Mill papers, including projects for the Arion Press, the Press in Tuscany Alley, and the Allen Press.

Simon Barcham Green belongs to the sixth generation of the family that ran Hayle Mill, Maidstone from 1812 to 1987. After obtaining a BSc in Paper Science from the University of Manchester, he worked in half a dozen machine mills before joining the family business, where he introduced the first alkaline sized mold-made watercolor and handmade papers in the world. Green developed many new papers for conservation purposes and worked closely with some of the leading private presses to produce bespoke papers, including special watermarks. He has visited hundreds of paper mills in recent years and provided consultancy services to many in India, Bhutan, and the Philippines. Now Business Manager of the Institute of Conservation and a member of the British Association of Paper Historians, Green is in continuous correspondence with people around the world on papermaking matters.

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