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Amazing vegetable and fruit papers

dried zucchini paper

detail of dried zucchini paper

 

The papers (or papyrus) that Sharon and I made from vegetables and fruit have a delicious, translucent quality and vary in strength according to the nature of the plant and how thickly we sliced them. The dried zucchini paper (above) is so fine that the seeds and fibre structure of the plant can be identified. The woven pattern is created by the cotton squares we used as ‘felts’ when drying the sheets.

the apple paper is also delicate and fine

the apple paper is also delicate and detailed and its golden colour has deepened.

the aubergine paper we made (more like papyrus) is strong even though it's as thin as tissue paper
the aubergine paper we made (more like papyrus) is strong and fibrous, even though it’s as thin as tissue paper.

the paper Sharon made from sweet potato has kept its colour and feels like leather.

the paper Sharon made from sweet potato has kept its magnificent colour and feels like leather.

and here is Sharon's rhubarb paper - rich and fibrous and good enough to eat.

and here is Sharon’s rhubarb paper – rich and fibrous and mysterious.

and the carrot has a woody quality - strong but brittle with fibre in the centre of the slices

and the carrot has a woody quality – strong but brittle with golden fibres in the centre of the slices.

Now we are investigating a method of hanging them so the light can shine through.

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7 comments on “Amazing vegetable and fruit papers

  1. caralan
    May 4, 2014

    Oh WOW – these are just beautiful – what a great idea.

    Having light behind them will be even more amazing – good luck :)

    Alan

  2. Jan Kierzkowski
    May 4, 2014

    Oh Marama! These are amazing! I bet there was some intensive fun to be had with Sharon and yourself in the making of these papers- the rhubarb one echoes a giant underwater kelp forest for me .

  3. Charlotte
    May 4, 2014

    These are so beautiful,Marama! I like the idea of letting the light shine through them. Is there a way you could incorporate them into lampshades? Really amazing!

  4. greengaze
    May 9, 2014

    They are absolutely amazing. They show the very essence of each. Yes, light behind them. Truly poetic!

  5. Michael
    September 19, 2015

    I stumbled upon your site while looking for zucchinni paper.
    I had a bad zucchini year and so I decided to grow a few large ones. I harvested two a week apart between them so when making soup out of them the first one harvested was already way to hardened to use. So I decided to skin some of it. And then I dried it up and now two small sheets are under a large pile of books becoming very flat.
    Seeing this is a post from last year maybe you could tell me how well it holds up? Have you tried to paint or print on it? Does it get moldy quick or do you need to treat it with anti mold first, or maybe seal it alltogether?

    • creativemarama2
      September 19, 2015

      Hello Michael, With regard to your questions about zucchini paper, the sheets I made last year remain intact all this time later – no signs of mold but a few small holes where something has been munching. I haven’t sealed or treated it in any way. The circular slices are much stronger than the long slices (which I cut with a mandolin slicer) as they were thicker to begin with. It’s very brittle and not as strong as some of the other papers such as apple, sweet potato or rhubarb but I could print carefully on the circular sliced paper. It’s like a thin fruit leather. Surprisingly, I haven’t had any signs of mold at all. Perhaps it depends on the climate, time of year etc.

      Good luck with your investigation.

  6. Louise
    October 1, 2015

    I just saw fruit and vegetable papers like this in a paper shop in Paris. One translucent one was framed with a frame from the Japanese store Muji –basically two sheets of plexiglass with screws at the corners.

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