Stingys!

4 Oct

When I was a kid, we always called Stinging Nettles “Stingys”. I hated them because they always managed to find me and sting me. I also have unhappy memories of my younger years as a biker chick, looking for somewhere to wee in the middle of a field at night at a bike rally and ending up with red and sore nether regions because I couldn’t see Stingys in the dark. In recent years, as an allotmenteer, I began to appreciate them for the nutrient rich liquid manure made by steeping them in a bin of water – one of the foulest smells ever but good for the plants. And this evening I discovered another use for them – hand made paper.

I went to a short evening workshop at Swansea’s Community Farm led by local papermaker Bryan Collis. The workers and children at the Farm harvested sackfuls of nettles for Bryan to turn into pulp and then to paper. Luckily for us, Bryan had removed the ‘stingy’ from the nettles before we got our hands on them. The paper sheets I made will dry for a couple of days between boards before I get to use them.

 

There’s more of my art to be seen in my online Gallery in Artfinder, please click on the image below to take a look. Thank you.

Quoit

 

 

4 Responses to “Stingys!”

  1. Leonie Andrews October 5, 2016 at 12:39 #

    Making paper is so much fun. I had some nettles years sgo in my garden, but got rid of them before I realised what a useful plant they are. Somehow the thought of buying some to replant seems all wrong. 😄

    • Rosie Scribblah October 5, 2016 at 13:03 #

      I’m surprised they haven’t come back – they take over the world here 😀

  2. Michael Richards (certainline) October 4, 2016 at 23:12 #

    Does the paper smell?

    • Rosie Scribblah October 5, 2016 at 07:36 #

      No, it doesn’t, which surprised me because I have made nettle compost and that stinks to high heaven

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