Rag Paper Project

Paper and Rags, sequel to Bottle and Glass, is set to launch Nov. 30th, 2019 (details to come)

As a special lead-in to the launch, I plan to make paper in the old-fashioned way, by hand, from cotton and linen rags provided by friends, family, readers, writers – anyone who is interested. Once I have a stack of paper made, Vincent Perez of Everlovin’ Press, using a traditional letterpress, will print a new, commemorative front page of the first Kingston Gazette (Sept. 25th 1810 – a paper copy of this edition no longer exists – see below for more info). These freshly printed Gazettes will be available at the launch alongside the book: free with a copy of Paper and Rags, or $10 without, until supplies last.


Contributions so far!


swatchNY Nancy Young Cotton bed cover, circa mid-1950’s From a Christmas gift, given by Nancy’s grandparents to her aunt and eventually passed on to her.  Identical bed covers were given to her two other aunts but only this one remains.withersRena and Bill Withers and family in the mid-1930’s on the front lawn of the Withers’ family home in Morven, east of Napanee Ontario.  Rena and Bill moved to Colborne St. in Kingston with daughter Franny when son Howard took over the farm. 
heartEW Erin Webster Heart-shaped cloth fragment From a onesie worn by both Erin’s children (at separate times!)
shirtEW Erin Webster strip from cotton t-shirt Worn when running and completing longest race.
fishSH Shelley Hodgkinson fish artwork This fish artwork is a present from a 5-year old friend called Teddy who made it for Shelley when she moved from Echo Bay, after living there for many years, to Ottawa.
linensPH Patty Henderson antique linens Linen table cloths from the turn of the century, given to Patty by her Montreal aunts and grandmother.
shirtLL Leanne Lieberman cotton shirt A tired, worn-out shirt named, appropriately, Morgan.
Leanne Lieberman “ganky” A scrap of Leanne’s beloved “ganky”, her security blanket.
Cathy Martin cotton sports shirt A t-shirt from a children’s, international soccer camp
Corina Zechel linen tablecloth, initialed The linen tablecloth belonged to Corina’s great aunt, Julia Schrimpf, of Switzerland.  Julia died tragically in childbirth along with her baby. She was the first wife of Corina’s maternal grandmother’s brother.  When Julia died, Corina’s great uncle likely gave some of Julia’s initialed linens to Corina’s grandmother before he remarried.
Tom Hollenstein
 collared shirt  “Old Reliable”, well worn shirt, finally gave out