Wood becomes paper becomes wood

In 2002 after accidentally leaving a book out in the rain, Hannah Lobley developed the award-winning Paperwork. She couldn’t bear to throw away her ruined and favourite book (Lord of the Rings) and decided to see if she could reuse it even though she couldn’t read it again.

Hannah had previously specialised in wood working during her degree and followed the train of thought, that paper originates wood. She transferred those wood working techniques to the paper when developing her new material, Paperwork. Recycling has always been important to Hannah within her work, so to be able to create a technique using the printed pages of unwanted books and paper that no longer had a use, became a defining factor within her practise.

Hannah begins by making the material, each page is layered and transformed back into a solid wood like material. Traditional wood working methods are then used to cut objects from that material; the unique surface patternation of the paper when the objects are worked can never be recreated and echoes wood grain. Ultimately wood becomes paper becomes wood again. Each item is hand-made by Hannah in her Derbyshire studio.

Hannah completed her degree in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University in 2001 and went on to gain a Masters degree at London Guildhall University in 2004. She established her business the following year and since then, Paperwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally: shown in France, Germany, USA - New York & Chicago, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Japan & Korea.