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2008/38/1 Paper (12 sheets), embossed, cotton fibre, made by Euraba Paper Company, Boggabilla, New South Wales, Australia, 2007. Click to enlarge.

Embossed paper by Euraba Paper Company

Made
In 2001 a group of women from the local community of Boggabilla started the Euraba Paper Company. Situated in the north western NSW cotton belt, Euraba utilizes the cotton fibre off cuts from clothing manufacturers that would otherwise be bound for the land fill. The off cuts are collected and recycled and put through the paper making process resulting in the papers and products of the Euraba Paper Company.

The ladies began to experiment and set up a back yard mill in 2001. In forty four gallon drums they cooked up a range of things including scotch thistle and sunflower stalks. The women used old leg chairs to pound the washed cooked fibres making them ready to make paper. They constructed a home made pressing of river rocks and human bodies to provide the pressure to flatten the paper and then dried the sheets of paper on the clothesline.

The paper mill use natural fibres as a continuation of a tradition which links the ladies to their female ancestors who used to weave local fibres into baskets as part of their traditional roles as gatherers. Today women of all ages from the community work together to turn 100% cotton fibre into paper as a means to provide and build a better future for the youth in the community.

The fibres from both the river and surrounding land give the paper locality, identity and tradition, all of which are reflective and important to the papermakers.

Parts of this object

Summary

Object No.

2008/38/1

Object Statement

Paper (12 sheets), embossed, cotton fibre, made by Euraba Paper Company, Boggabilla, New South Wales, Australia, 2007

Physical Description

Paper (12 sheets), embossed, cotton fibre, made by Euraba Paper Company, Boggabilla, New South Wales, Australia, 2007

Collection of limited edition embossed paper art works, each work features a design from one of the Indigenous artists from the Euraba Paper Company. Each design has been embossed onto white hand made paper.
Designs and artists are as follows:
1. Trees (by Thelma Bartman)
2. Tree in River (by Lola Binge)
3. Seedpod (by Nancy Binge)
4. Fishing boat (by Joy Duncan)
5..Gumnuts (by Margie Duncan)
6. Two rivers (by Theresa Hickling)
7. Women sitting at Waterhole (by May Hinch)
8. Fish Eggs (by Amelia Mclntosh)
9. River Gum leaves (by Neville McGrady)
10. Fish Trap (by Laurell Tighe)
11. Wattle (by David Torrens)
12. Running Water (by Gloria Woodbridge)

Production

Notes

Produced at the Euraba Paper Company at Boggabilla, NSW by various artists.

Each 12 sheets of paper describe natural environment. Theme of each sheets are
1. Trees (by Thelma Bartman)
2. Tree in River (by Lola Binge)
3. Seedpod (by Nancy Binge)
4. Fishing boat (by Joy Duncan)
5. Gumnuts (by Margie Duncan)
6. Two rivers (by Theresa Hickling)
7. Women sitting at Waterhole (by May Hinch)
8. Fish Eggs (by Amelia Mclntosh)
9. River Gum leaves (by Neville McGrady)
10. Fish Trap (by Laurell Tighe)
11. Wattle (by David Torrens)
12. Running Water (by Gloria Woodbridge)

History

Notes

The Euraba Paper Company was set up in 2001 in response to the vast amount of waste that is bound for land fill from the local clothing manufacturers. It is also an outlet for the Indigenous women to create and sell their art work to the wider community. They have developed the range of products to include hand made cards, wrapping paper and limited edition art.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2008

Acquisition Date

26 February 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Embossed paper by Euraba Paper Company 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 November 2020, <https://ma.as/172038>

Wikipedia

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