Heather Matthew


Banana Paper

Much of my paper production uses locally sourced banana trees which produce exceptionally beautiful paper.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicWater: poetic fractals 2016 Screenprint on handmade banana paper 29.5 h x 21w cm.

In 2016 I completed an honours project on paper and resonance, Paper Song. During my research I discovered that if you play the sound of water dripping from a paper mould, through a bass subwoofer it creates fractal patterns.

You can read about my experiments on my blog bboxproductions blog

Image and video hosting by TinyPicFuse 2016 Screenprint on indigo dyed banana paper

Making banana paper

Making paper by hand from plant fibres is an extremely labour intensive yet alchemical process. It incorporates all the elements; plants are grown in the earth, cooked in fire, transformed by water into pulp then dried in the air. The fifth element is what the philosophers called ether or spirit and this is evident when you handle a sheet of handmade banana paper.

Forming the pulp onto screens

In 2012 I was one of three artists to receive a paper-making bequest from a retiring Japanese papermaker. His gave us his equipment and instructed us into traditional paper-making techniques. These form the basis of my studio papermaking practice.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicBanana paper drying in the sun

In the eastern style of paper making, pulp is formed and dried on the screen without compression.


As a papermaker I am interested in the intersection of papermaking with community culture and art. You can read about my Mexican paper making adventures in this article in Paper Slurry

Image and video hosting by TinyPicPedal powered paper beater, Taller Lenateros, Chiapas, Mexico.



My daily collages/drawings are the basis of an arts practice that produces mixed medium prints, fine art cards, screen printed papers and stitched artworks. This work is influenced by events in my daily life and travels. 

An exhibition of my collaged artworks I Was Here was held at Lismore Regional Gallery in February 2016. These were influenced by my daily collages created during 2014, including some made during a paper-making sojourn in Italy for the IAPMA international conference in Fabriano.

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Rooftops 2014  Collage on canvas 45x45cm

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Faces  2014  Collage on canvas 45x45cm


In 2010 I started a daily art/writing project. Small paper collages were machine stitched onto printmaking paper. The project continues as a daily drawing practice and is uploaded onto my blog.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicA Stitch in Time 2011 (Installation photo) 365 stitched paper collages 10 x 10cm each.

Exhibited A Stitch in Time, Tweed Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, NSW.