Tuesday, February 9, 2010


We are in the lucky position to have plenty of flowers and leaves in our natural environment that can be added to the pulp to create flower paper sheets. Ranging from Bougainvillae to....................

......to. Rose petals in all colors

All we have to do is pick them up dry them and store them in a dust free place until they are ready to join the pulp.

Some can be picked fresh................................

to make these beautiful handcrafted wine bags. They are adorned with complete dried flowers that are added to the cast still wet sheet by hand. 

and for this flower paper note book sheets with a very rough highly textured surface were used that were only slightly pressed after adding the petals.

Friday, February 5, 2010


This is how it looks like when the sheets are freshly pressed and ironed. Out of these sheets our products are created.

Desert Dunes Stationery Set Envelopes and Cards



My paper is eco- sustainable. The paper and paper products of our range are crafted from 100% recycled office paper mixed with the bark of alien invasive trees like the Black Wattle found in the Eastern Cape.

It is often the case that South Africa’s water supplies are consumed by plants that do not belong here. These plants are called invading alien plants because they spread and displace our natural trees and plants. Large areas of good agricultural land and some of the most scenic areas have been invaded. Many invading plants were brought into South Africa for purposes such as forestry plantations. 
They grow so well because they do not have natural enemies such as insects, animals and diseases that would have controlled them in their own countries. By clearing alien-invading vegetation Isandla Paper helps to improve water supplies. 


The production line starts with the boiling and mashing of wattle bark or the bark of other invasive trees in a three-legged iron pot. The wood of the trees that have been harvested serves to fuel the fires of the iron pots. The bark mash is mixed with a pulp made from waste office paper and water. It is then dyed with organic dyes. The pulp is diluted with water and put into a vat. A mould is then dipped into the vat, shaken evenly and then lifted out with the pulp on it. Each sheet is tipped out onto a layer of cloth and the layers are build up until they are ready to going to the press. A hydraulic press is used to squeeze as much water out of the sheets as possible.

Our production range includes also flower paper. For this flowers are plucked and collected and added to the pulp. After the pressing process the sheets are separated again and peeled of the cloth. 50 to 60% of the moisture remains in the sheets that are dried out by hanging them up in open sunny areas. Each paper sheet is ironed because this gives the paper a more smooth and glossy surface. 


Once the paper is dry and ready it is converted into a range of exclusive products from writing paper to hand bound diaries and notebooks to greeting cards. The materials used for the finishing touch of the products consists of up to 80% discarded items and waste products (like potato or onion plastic nets) or materials that can be transformed into exciting new products. I incorporate cheap materials and imperfection into our design and mix them with exquisite handmade paper. All products are completely handcrafted from the first to the last step. I use basic manufacturing processes such as hand- cutting, hand-gluing, hand-sewing, weaving and working with wire and elastic.
Hand made paper is a today’s luxury and a handwritten thank you note written on beautiful personalised stationery will show off innate elegance and a new appreciation of old ways of communication in our fast pace throw-away society.

Hand Made Paper being manufactured is a time consuming and labour intensive process. In the case of Chocolat Negro the addition of sound ecological principles means extra effort for an outstanding result..I have a deep-seated fascination with reworking waste materials.

After the pressing process the sheets are separated again and peeled of the cloth. 50 to 60% of the moisture remains in the sheets that are dried out by hanging them up in open sunny areas. Each paper sheet is ironed because this gives the paper a more smooth and glossy surface. 


Ben Hur Upcycled Stationery Set consisting of envelopes and cards

We also have a range of beautiful upcycled stationery sets made from unique vintage paper Epherma. The sets consist of envelopes with matching cards.

This set of 10 envelopes was made from the pages of the famous classical children's book BEN HUR.

The envelopes measure 4,5" x 6,5" perfect for a thank you note.
It comes with matching flat baby blue note cards of 160 mg paper weight.

The envelopes will come with adhesive so they can be sealed. 

Each one of these handmade envelopes is individually hand cut from a vintage children's book from the 1960's has a different pattern and design and is one of a kind.

This set and others are available in my Etsy Shop: Chocolat Negro Recycled Design and Art

Desert Dunes Recycled Luxury Stationery Set Envelope: Other Accessories: WorldofGood.com by eBay

Desert Dunes Recycled Luxury Stationery Set Envelope: Other Accessories: WorldofGood.com by eBay


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