Eva Gallizzi, “Tiger Paper”

Book: The front side (Recycling paper (Tiger Paper)

Birds: Woodcut (XYLOGRAPHIE) printed by hand

Ornaments: Woodcut (XYLOGRAPHIE) printed by hand

Book: Standing open

Book: With the folded back

Eva Gallizzi
Zurich, Switzerland

Tiger Paper
used cotton scraps paper for the sheets/ woodcut red couleur
edition of 5
6 pages/printed in the front and at the back side
H: 14,5 x W: 23 x D 2 cm open
H: 14,5 x W: 12 x D 2cm closed

Artist Statement

This book is a rarity! It is made from the first sheets Tiger paper the women ever made! The concept, the realization, engraving and printing the woodcut for this book is only the work from Eva Gallizzi

The history of Tiger Paper

In 1992, the Indian government created a Tiger Reserve near Nagpur, in the heart of India. Around the reserve, there had to be a buffer zone and all the villages within this zone removed. The villagers lost their homes, their fields and their livelihoods. A couple of year ago, I met a passionate young woman who had decided to adopt several of these villages and provide healthcare and education to these dislocated villagers. Once that was in place, she looked to provide them with the means to earn a livelihood. That is when she came to me to see if we could teach them to make paper using waste cotton fabric. There were many obstacles along the way, but thanks to Reshma’s persistence, the project is finally underway. The first papers were made of recycled paper. Once the women got the feel of lifting the sheets, they were taught how to use the cotton scraps. We decided to call it not to polish the paper as it has an interesting texture. And we decided to call it Tiger Paper to remind us always, where it came from. – Concept note, Neeta Premchand