Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Paper and Bioprocess Engineering at the Fair

Once again the PBE department worked a day at the New York State Fair at the SUNY-ESF tent near the State Park Buildings.  As we do every year, the projects of the day were handmade papermaking and chromotography flowers.  The weather was nice and the business was brisk at the tent.

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The paper chromotography flowers are created from filter paper and water-soluble markers.  As the water wicks up through the filter paper, it carries the various colored dyes from the markers, making a colorful array of flowers.

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Visitors were also able to make a sheet of handmade paper and decorate it with pulp painting.  Making a sheet of paper involves a number of steps including forming the sheet, couching, pressing, and finally air drying the sheet.  Manning the both during the course of the day were faculty, staff, students, and even a member of the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Pulp and Paper Foundation.

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Many of the visitors were quite creative in the decorating of their sheet of paper using pulp painting.   HMpaper

Students at SUNY-ESF are able to learn more about the artistic nature of paper and the history of paper and its influence on the development of civilization.  PSE 201-The Art and History of Papermaking-is a new course being offered for the second time through the PBE department.  It covers the artistic aspects of paper as well as the history of paper, especially in ancient China.  Students taking this course can satisfy the SUNY General Education requirement in either "The Arts" or "Other World Civilizations." 

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