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Weston Diploma Parchment

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  • From: Jon Reid <jon@sharperstill.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 08:54:03 +1100
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Hi all,

A while ago I posted on my thoughts regarding Weston Diploma Parchment and received some feedback from the list. I have run a few trial prints with interesting results and will inform the list separately of that trial. Around the same time as I posted to the list I had been in touch with someone at ButlerDearden, regarding stocks of the paper in case I chose to go with it for an upcoming exhibition. I was told none more existed.

This morning I received an email from John M. Zokowski of Butler- Dearden Paper who informed me that "when we
traded emails back in September, we were on the cusp of a trial paper run, which
ultimately proved to be the last trial required to determine that we had in fact reincarnated
the Weston paper. The new name is Weston Diploma Parchment Plat-Pal."

A PDF dedicated to the "new" paper can be found here:
http://www.butlerdearden.com/docs/Weston%20Diploma%20Parchment% 20Plat.pdf

I'll post to the list later, after work, with my findings and some pics from my trial of the 'old' Weston Diploma Parchment, which I sourced, by the way, from Bostick + Sullivan. Melody from Bpstick + Sullivan told me, in an email dated 7 October 2008, "The Weston paper is still being made, however in a different factory. It no longer works for alt process printing. The nature of the paper changed when they moved the manufacturing to the new plant. They are using the same raw materials, but it does not respond the same to the chemicals."

Jon Reid
Sydney, Australia