Talani and Brian Sanislo of Sequim Handmade Paper are new at the market this season. They bring to life the art of handmade paper. With an abundance of know-how and creativity, they are making every effort to create a successful paper venture.
It began with Talani’s enthusiasm for writing longhand letters on beautiful paper to her many pen pals.
She found it hard to find paper as lovely as she desired and it was expensive to keep beautiful paper stocked. She turned to Brian, her husband, and asked if he could make her some.
As it turns out Brian was quickly absorbed by the creative process of making paper and began experimenting and learning the art. With paper that they had in their recycling bins and from friends, the process got underway. It uses frames called deckles, which are pricey. They are used to draw the paper out of the slurry and to the shape it. Brian began making those as well, in various sizes and shapes.
When you pull out the deckle, the slurry needs to be evenly spread, she says. “It’s like pizza dough, you don’t want any holes.” At that stage Brian adds herbs and plants, glitter and strings. Then it needs to dry out for about a week. After that, it has to be pressed flat.
They are experimenting with forming the paper into other shapes, such as broaches. Talani looms scarves, though not your typical scarf. These scarves are stylishly fastened closed, a variation on the infinity scarf. These are embellished with various decorations that Talani has created.
This past week in their booth they set up a PenPal station. Their next adventure is to create a paper making experience for you. The idea they are working on is letting you get your hands messy at the market, giving you a real taste of the process. Additionally they are hoping to offer classes or workshops. If you know of a space in town that could accommodate that, let them know. They recently have come to Sequim from Spokane and are excited to be at the market.