Today, I’m continuing with my spotlight on a very special publishing project by fellow ThingsAsian writer and artist Elizabeth Briel: an illustrated travel book filled with stories and surprises from her hunt for handmade paper. It’s called Paper Pilgrimage: Bombs, Bandits, and a Vanishing Art in Southeast Asia, and will be released by ThingsAsian Press next year.
Her special project is an additional limited run of her book, made with handmade paper and bound in silk. Elizabeth explains, “It continues the obscure genre of papermaking travel literature, begun early in the 20th century by the American papermaker Dard Hunter, who wrote his books on the long ship journeys home from Asia and Latin America.
Paper Pilgrimage also contains paper samples made in various ways, from ancient techniques by hill tribes, to more novel papers (hint: there’s an elephant or two involved) from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The book is sure to be appreciated by travelers and artists — especially by ‘Paper People.’”
“What’s a paper person?” you may ask. According to Elizabeth, “Like food and wine connoisseurs, paper-people—and I am one of them—are true amateurs of our niche obsession, people who experience the world and cultures through direct sensation.”
In regard to the Special Edition, Elizabeth says, “The Special Edition is a collectible edition of 108 copies. Why a Hundred and Eight? I was inspired by the Buddhist 108 Agonies of Man — also known as the 108 Delusions or Repentances. 108: that’s all that will be made of this unique version. Ever.”
You can help to fund the book’s Special Edition by pre-ordering a copy, or selecting from the eclectic rewards on offer, including illustrations from the book, and artists’ quality paper notebooks and postcards.
Find out more here at PaperPilgrimage.com