Curtin Springs Paper allows us to show you the intricacies of our home. The minute detail of our landscape and just how diverse and amazing it really is.
Curtin Springs Paper invites the desert to offer up its hardy ingredients to combine and make something beautiful.
Nature is literally transformed in this remote and special part of Central Australia, where native grasses are harvested, pulped and pressed to create a distinctive and beautiful souvenir of Central Australia.
Native grasses and natural ingredients
Each type of grass creates a different texture and feel in the paper, whether it be spinifex, oat grass, woollybutt, kangaroo or kerosene grass. The different seasons also produce differences in the papers.
We continue to experiment with blending and texture, using plants, flowers, clay, sand and cow poo as well as other things like the bangtails from the cattle.
Each and every production run makes a quality paper that is unique and individually made.
The paper is suitable for an endless array of uses and we are investigating lots of them.
How you can you enjoy Curtin Springs Paper?
- You can join one of our 1 hr Curtin Springs Paper Tours to share the wonders of our home and get to know our history, landscape and connection to the land. These tours are held daily at 10.30am and 4pm.
- Our regular Curtin Springs Paper Workshops give you the opportunity to be involved in the paper making at every stage, help us cut some grass, turn it into paper and then use the paper to produce YOUR interpretation of our amazing landscape. Book with some friends and make an adventure out of the trip or join a open group and meet others who will enjoy the opportunity with you. Here is the workshop information, dates and prices.
- For your information, this is a brochure about Curtin Springs Paper.
What is our latest news?
The one thing we are always certain of here, is that there is always the chance to continue with change.
We always believed that the art sector would be interested in Curtin Springs Paper, but we weren’t sure what that would look like.
Amee Porter (one of our next generation), came into the office one day and said ‘Mum, I think we can use our paper to make beads and the beads to make jewellery, I think this would really add to the story we are telling”. So that’s exactly what we have been doing.
Amee has a very artistic streak and is allowing her creativity to develop. Curtin Springs Paper – Jewellery is handmade, completely individual pieces of jewellery that are using Curtin Springs Paper as the focus. Have a look at what Amee is doing.
Not content with just one direction into the creative world, Amee has also held the first exhibition of artwork from Curtin Springs Paper, with a second exhibition planned in May 2017 in Alice Springs.
We have opened The Gallery, which is our chance to showcase Amee’s work and for visitors to experience the beauty of Curtin Springs Paper in a range of different mediums.
Spending time in The Gallery is part of the 1 hr Curtin Springs Paper tour.
Paper making in the Old Abattoir
Where we make our paper might surprise and fascinate you. There is no big factory here, but instead a building that pays homage and respect to our pastoral and family history – the Old Abattoir. Built in the late 1970’s and decommissioned in the mid 1980’s, the building and its features appear as though it has been built to purpose for making paper with it’s sloped floor and separate cold room.
Almost everything in the building has been recycled or re-purposed from somewhere else on our million-acre station, revealing innovation and inventiveness that only remote living can bring:
- Timber from desert oak trees killed during bushfires is used in displays.
- The timber fence posts are the original mulga fencing posts from the 1950’s – hand cut and drilled by Peter and used on the boundary fence until they were ‘retired’ to be used here.
- The vat is an old bath.
- The 15 tonne paper press has been made from the framework of an old truck, old car springs, and a jack found ‘down behind the shed’.