Unbeknownst to me as I began exploring printmaking papers, gampi torinoko comes with a pedigree; according to Steven Saitzyk's Art Hardware: The Definitive Guide to Artists’ Materials, “The Treaty of Versailles was written and signed on this paper because it was believed to be the most permanent paper in the world” (Saitzyk 110). I fell in love with the silky texture of the paper and it was strong enough to withstand the embossing process. In an instance of synchronicity, the paper is composed of 100% Philippine gampi (i.e. fibre from Filipino gampi trees)."
Karen Garrett de Luna holds BAs in Dance and Mathematics from the University of Washington and an MAA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.http://delunatic.net/illBody/