Simon Green: A Personal View of Paper History

Friday, October 7, 2016 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

623 S. Wabash Ave., Room 203 623 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL, 60605

This presentation will be an abridged tour of 2,000 years of papermaking from the former owner of Hayle Mill, England’s last full-scale, commercial, handmade paper mill. The presentation will include numerous Hayle Mill images dating back to the 19th century and recollections of major Californian book projects of the late 20th Century using Hayle Mill papers including those for the Arion Press, the Press in Tuscany Alley and the Allen Press.

Simon Barcham Green is the sixth generation of the family that ran Hayle Mill in the “Paper City” (Maidstone, Kent), from 1812 to 1987.  He has a BSc in Paper Science from the University of Manchester and worked in a half-dozen machine mills before joining the family business where he introduced the first alkaline-sized, mould-made watercolor papers and hand-made papers in the world. He developed many new papers for conservation purposes and worked closely with leading private presses to produce bespoke papers including special watermarks. He has visited hundreds of paper mills in recent years providing consultancy services to many in India, Bhutan and the Philippines. He is now the Business Manager of the Institute of Conservation and a member of the British Association of Paper Historians. This presentation will be the first time he has appeared in Chicago since 1987.

Q&A to follow presentation.

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School of Fine and Performing Arts, Art and Art History



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Melissa Potter

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John Phillipe Augustin 1/17/2018

I was able to attend this presentation. Very well put together. Additionally, I live in a town with a large history tied to milling and paper mills in general - Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Loved the discussion of modern artisan paper!
- JP Augustin | Viking Tree Service |

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