Cris Ballinger

Postal Codenull
Phone Number831 338-9166

First interest in hand papermaking process: 0

First piece of handmade paper: 1989

First handmade paper artwork: 1991

Beginning of active practice: 1989


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Cris's Work in Hand Papermaking:

  1. Recreational papermaker (for personal development, non-exhibiting)

Cris's Introduction to Hand Papermaking:

  1. Classroom instruction

Influences on Cris's Work in Hand Papermaking:

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Raw materials used by Cris in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. abaca - purchased fiber
  2. other fiber : Plants harvested locally and prepared at home: New Zealand Flax, Redwood, Mardrone Oak, Wisteria and French Broom bast, Pampas Grass, Wis

Chemicals used by Cris for cooking fibers in Hand Papermaking:

Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Tools and methods used by Cris for beating in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
  1. Hollander beater
Used Sometimes
  1. blender
  2. hand beating
Used Rarely

Style of sheet forming used by Cris in Hand Papermaking:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Years teaching hand papermaking: null

Teaching formats used by Cris:

Used Routinely
Used Sometimes
Used Rarely

Cris's Income Contribution from Hand Papermaking:

  1. none


Annual gathering of Western Papermakers from a Yahoo Group has influenced both my papermaking and what I do with the end products immensely. They were the first to teach me how to make paper from plant fibers, not just using them as inclusions. Facebook handpapermaking group has also provided inspiration. Both provide resources for questions, since before them, I pretty much worked in a vaccuum.