Sidewall, Newsworthy, 2010
Coiled newspaper woven with nylon filaments, paper backing.
Gift of Lori Weitzner. 2010-15-1.
- Designed by Lori Weitzner
What is this?
Strips of coiled newsprint are woven with nylon filaments on handlooms in the manner of grasscloth. Made from 100% recycled newsprint.
Why is this in our collection?
Newsworthy, by textile designer Lori Weitzner, combines age-old techniques with the modern notion of recycling. Woven on handlooms using the same technique as traditional grasscloth, the wallpaper is composed of 100% recycled newspaper and nylon filament. The bulk of the world’s grasscloth has always been made in Japan. Traditionally woven from the bark of the honeysuckle vine, grasscloth’s use as a wallcovering dates back hundreds of years. Evidence of its use is found in ancient temples. The stages of production slowly became standardized, and some mechanized, after Japan was introduced to Western markets. Grasscloth was first exported to the United States in the 1880s. Newsworthy is woven in India on... more
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