2017 marked our second year teaching hemp paper making workshops at Floydfest. One on Saturday, and one on Sunday in the Imagine Tent. Sunday during our workshop, one of our favorite bands, Rising Appalachia, was recording some live music videos – it was such a treat to hear them playing in the background during the workshop and after! Also, one of the singers, Leah bought some hemp paper and was interested in learning more about Artisan Hemp. I love collaborating with other artists. 🙂
Here are some photos…It was nice and sunny and Saturday participants were able to come back on Sunday to pickup their dried sheets of hemp paper!
On June 10, 2017 during the 7th annual Hemp History Week, a bunch of hemp farmers, processors, and supporters gathered in Bethlehem, PA to celebrate all things hemp. I had a papermaking demo setup and we were making hemp paper all day! Next to me was a group of builders from PA doing hempcrete building. The Hemp Heals Foundation had a booth (The event was organized by their founder, Riley Cote) as well as the PAHIC- Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council.
Here are some photos. They are growing hemp in the nearby Lehigh Valley.
This was meaningful for me as I used to live in PA (Lancaster – not too far from Hempfield High School!)
In summer 2016, while driving to Maryland from Kentucky, I stopped in Parkersburg, WV to visit Morgan Leach, founder of the West Virginia Hemp Farmers Co-operative. Check out the post on Fiber Farming in Appalachia for photos. I recently made paper with the stalks, which were unretted and green when I got them and processed differently than hemp that’s been decortcated and retted. The paper came out beautiful – can’t wait for more fiber to play with! Here are some photos:
A while back after DC legalized adult use marijuana, my buddy, Adam Eidinger (co founder of DCMJ, the group that got i71 on the ballot and passed), gave me some cannabis stalks from his homegrown plants. It took me a while to get around to making paper with it, due to having a stockpile of other fibers and pulps to go through and being without studio space for a while. Well, I found a studio and have been making progress on the i71 paper.
Happy 2017! We are in the process of securing studio space to ramp up production this year. Stay tuned!
Check out this great article, featuring our handmade hemp paper notecard sets- they were included in budmaid goodie bags for a cannabis-themed wedding in Colorado a few months ago. By Cosmic Sister, Zoe Helene.
Also, here’s a link to an article with more details about the wedding. Enjoy! Photo by Tracey Eller / Cosmic Sister (@CosmicSister)
Fall greetings to you! On September 17th, 2016 on a beautiful full Harvest Moon, the 31st Farm Aid took place in Bristow, VA. I was honored to teach a hemp papermaking 101 class in the Homegrown skills tent and had a hemp table display all day, educating festival-goers on the wonders of hemp. Next door in the Homegrown Village, my friends at Growing Warriors and the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition had great displays full of hemp goodies. Growing Warriors brought retted hemp stalks and a decorticator and were showing people the decorticating (“hemp breaking”) process all day. It was a great experience being able to spread the word about hemp paper to people who truly value farming and a sustainable future for all. During the hemp papermaking 101 class, it was an honor to have my friend, Mike Lewis, of Growing Warriors give a brief explanation of retting and decorticating. Here are some photos – enjoy! (My phone died right after Dave Matthews’ set – then I was enjoying Neil Young sing Harvest Moon, and of course rockin out to Willie to end the night.. #rollmeupandsmokemewhenidie
After HempX, I visited a couple of hemp farms in Appalachia. Building relationships with farmers is a crucial component to the Artisan Hemp mission. It all begins with the soil.
With all the talk of how profitable a crop hemp can be, we must prove this by purchasing raw material from farmers and creating products from that hemp. If there is no one to buy the raw hemp, farmers will not grow it! Since there is no large scale processing infrastructure in the United States, small scale artisanal production can help fill in the gaps until larger scale processing is in place. The work of the artisan is two fold, bringing value added products to market – creating functional and beautiful products from what would otherwise be agricultural waste and the act of R&D – working with various cultivars/cannabis varieties, harvest times and retting techniques, creating a system of standardizations, working with farmers to realize the best for each type of processing.
We are partnering with Mike Lewis, founder of Growing Warriors and owner of Healing Ground Farm, in Livingston, KY. We use hemp waste that is leftover from the processing for textiles for their Kentucky cloth project – producing American Flags with hemp fiber.
In West Virginia, we met with Morgan Leach, founder of the West Virginia Hemp Farmers Cooperative, who is also running for House in the 10th district of West Virginia. Morgan recently obtained a law degree from WVU and is doing great work in Appalachia. It was inspiring meeting with him and talking about plans on working together to create beautiful, functional products from WV hemp. Here are some photos..enjoy!
Hemp in the Holler at Healing Ground Farm, Rockcastle county, KY.Beautiful pink color on hemp flowers in W.Virginia!