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Re: Michallet paper

On Wed, 13 May 2009, Jack Brubaker wrote:


I would read the one inch spacing of lines to be the verticals in the
image on the left. These are the crossing grid in the laid pattern of
wires. Most paper was made this way (laid) until (?) who out there has
read paper history lately?  The lines were very common in drawing and
printing arts papers throughout the 19th century.

Yes, and even into the 20th century when I went to children's class Saturday mornings at the Art Students Leauge (still at 57th Street), we used paper of that kind for our charcoal & pastel drawings. Except we called the marks "laid lines" and didn't refer to it as "laid paper."

One other thing comes to mind a propos of those classes,by the way -- we had male and female models for life drawing: the best females were the really fat ladies, because those rolls were so easy & fun to draw. The male models were mostly skinny -- a lot of character, but less fun. I recently, however, talked by phone to a friend who'd been in photography and art classes in the last 10 years: She said the men ALSO posed (just like the ladies) starkers. I could hardly believe... Our male models ALWAYS wore jock straps, at the very least -- sometimes what looked like bathing trunks. Friend said she had a bit of trouble the first time drawing a penis-- & just did a scribble. By next time -- not a problem!