Chinese-language papermaking is booming in Australia, and one of the best-known brands is now in the business of producing it.
But how do you get started?
And is it the best way to make the paper?
Australian writer Alexander Cowan is a master of Chinese papermaking.
He started out as a paper-making apprentice, and now has more than 25 years of experience as a Chinese-Australian.
He is the author of Papermakers of the Chinese Revolution: Making Chinese Paper in Melbourne and Papermakers: A Guide to Making Chinese Material in Melbourne.
This is a edited transcript of an interview that was originally published in The Conversation.
Alexander Cowans first introduction to Chinese papercraft was when he was a young apprentice in the 1960s in Melbourne’s Chinatown.
He was a papermaker for around four years, and then he got an apprenticeship with the Chinese National Paper Company in Melbourne as a bookkeeper, and from then on it was an apprenticeships and apprenticeships, until he got a job with the Melbourne Guild of Papermaking in the early 1980s.
He’s the author now of Paperworkers of the China Revolution: The Making of Chinese Paper and Papermaking: A History.
I have been a regular contributor to the magazine for 20 years, but I started to get interested in Chinese paper making when I started working at a local papermaking shop in Melbourne in the 1980s, and I began to make some paper.
I remember one particular time I made a lot of paper.
A friend of mine had made a few pieces for the shop and we made a couple of batches and we were just making money.
So, I went to work with the owner, and he was quite excited about what we were doing and he just gave me an appointment.
I went in there and started making some paper, and we ended up making more than $20,000 that year.
It was just a really good time.
It’s an interesting history, and the paper was quite beautiful, I think.
The first batch I made I had a really old paper-type paper, which was a bit different from the newer type of paper that you might make today.
I made my first batch in 1989, and that’s when I got a couple more apprenticeships.
I did my first apprenticeship in 1995.
I was a second-year apprentice, working on the same job, and it was a really long apprenticeship, so the apprenticeships are about a year and a half each, so there was a couple months when I was doing the first apprenticeships on my own.
I had my first real apprenticeship a couple years later, in 2000.
I didn’t get another apprenticeship until about 2004 or 2005.
The reason I’m telling this story, in the first place, is because I think the Chinese people love to talk about paper, so I think there’s a certain amount of excitement in the Chinese community about making paper.
But also I think it’s a very important thing for them to know about the history of papermaking and the history in Australia.
What are the basic steps you need to take?
I think one of things that really attracted me to papermaking was that I was in a shop in China and I had seen a lot, so when I moved to Australia I went and did some research about Chinese paper.
And I was very impressed by what I saw, and also I realised that the Chinese are very creative people and that paper is something that they create themselves.
And so I decided to become a paper maker and start making paper from scratch, and what that meant was that, you know, the first few batches of paper were actually quite poor quality and it took a lot more time to make than I had thought.
And it took me quite a long time to realise that the paper I was making was quite good quality and I was also trying to learn how to make my own paper, because there was just so much rubbish in the local market, so what I was trying to do was just try to learn and develop my own skills and to learn the skills of the other people who were working there, and so on.
I also realised that there were a lot better Chinese-owned and operated papermaking shops than I was, so it was something I wanted to do.
The process of making your own Chinese paper The process for making your first batch of paper was very similar to that of a normal papermaking apprentice.
You start off with the basic ingredients, which is a bit of water, a bit more paper, a couple bits of glue, a piece of glue and some paper towels.
You just take a piece or two of cardboard and put it on the glue.
It takes about 20 minutes or so to get the paper onto the glue and then you start to lay it on a piece.
Then you put some glue on top of it and put some paper