Origins of Parchment
The Pergamano Materials
To do the best with
any hobby one must use the right materials. For the past ten years Pergamano
International, manufacturer of the Pergamano materials, has invested
in the research, development and quality control to ensure they produce
the best materials for the craft. Steered by a professional Design Group,
people are continuously developing new Pergamano products and work to
improve the existing products. The materials range from parchment paper,
paints, inks and paint brushes, to books, magazines, stamps and several
perforating and embossing tools. The high quality of the products is
clearly visible in the end result.
well as using the right materials you also need a clear explanation
of the different techniques and the right way to use the various tools.
This explanation can be found in the various books that Pergamano has
published over the last few years. You might also consider following
a course with a Registered Pergamano Teacher. Registered Pergamano
Teachers have been trained through the International Parchment Craft
Academy and therefore have the necessary expertise to guide students
through to the high standard that is so essential for good Pergamano
(formerly called Pergamano World) was launched in 1995 to keep Pergamano parchment craft
enthusiasts informed about the activities and news of the craft. This
32 pages magazine generally contains numerous projects complete with patterns;
full-colour illustrations and clear working descriptions.
What the word Pergamano means
The word Pergamano comes from two words: Pergamum and Mano.
Ø Pergamum is the name of a Turkish town around the time of Jesus Christís birth, when the educated world wrote everything on papyrus produced in Egypt. But when a war between Turkey and Egypt cut off supplies of papyrus, the scholars of Pergamum had to find another medium to write on. Experiments subsequently led to the discovery that the prepared skins of pigs and deer were excellent substitutes for papyrus. And a new parchment medium was born, taking the name of the town where it was developed.
is the Spanish word for hand / handicraft.
The Parchment Craft Today
The hobby was first introduced to Holland by a Columbian lady, Martha Ospina. While attending flower arrangement classes in Holland, two of her classmates noticed her paper lace cards and wanted to know how it was done. Before long, the craft became a rage, spreading like wild fire throughout Holland and Europe.
Martha Ospina has written a number of books on the craft. She has trained many teachers in Holland (known as Registered Teachers) to cope with the demand of people wishing to learn the craft. Today, the Pergamano craft has spread all over the world, including countries in North America, Australia and Asia.
Pergamano creations are made from parchment paper which has a number of characteristics which make the following techniques easy to carry out:
The craft is not difficult at all and anyone with an interest in the craft can achieve marvelous results.
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