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Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

Annual Report: October 2013

A new fine art paper introduced to market Collaborative effort creates high-quality and economical paper Visual arts students in the university’s Department of Art & Design require a special art paper to handle the inks and processes they use, and the art paper is expensive. But thanks to some unique assets at UW-Stevens Point, and an artful collaboration, students and faculty are now using a high-quality yet economical paper made right on campus. UW-Stevens Point is home to the fastest student-run pilot paper plant in the country, used for classes in the Department of Paper Science & Engineering. The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology also uses the machine for paper development and production runs for commercial customers through its laboratory services division. The pilot machine is ideal for materials studies and small developmental runs. Over the past two years, WIST, Art & Design, and PS&E worked together to develop an economical, archival art paper. The paper had to be versatile enough for use in a range of printmaking and drawing applications. Under direction of WIST and PS&E faculty, students made a series of trial runs on the pilot paper machine. Working on a real-world problem provided a great learning opportunity for the students. By May 2012, they had produced a 100 percent cotton paper with the qualities needed. Since then, students and faculty in visual arts have used the paper in all sorts of projects and have been very happy with its performance. In fact, the collaboration has been so successful we decided to introduce the paper to the market. The Design Center in the Department of Art & Design coined the name, RiverPoint art paper, and put together marketing packets for the new paper. The paper made its debut in March at Print:MKE, a

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Clockwise from above left: Stephen Chastain, a paper science & engineering student helps make a run of RiverPoint art paper on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine; UW-Stevens Point students Rachel Strelow and Tarin Baldauf, in RiverPoint aprons, talk to a potential customer at a major print show in Milwaukee, where the paper made its debut; materials created by the Design Center in the College of Fine Arts and Communications tell the RiverPoint story. Bradley Trotter, a student in Art & Design prepares to make a print on RiverPoint art paper in the design studio in the Noel Fine Arts Center.

graphics conference in Milwaukee, where PS&E and visual arts students hosted a trade-show booth and gave away samples of RiverPoint. Response from attendees was very positive. So far, WIST has shipped RiverPoint paper to customers in 15 states. Sales of the paper will defray production costs so WIST will be able to supply the paper to the UW-Stevens Point art & design faculty for free and additional sales will support ongoing research and development work at WIST.

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Profile for Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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Sustainability in research, laboratory services and education; activities of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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Sustainability in research, laboratory services and education; activities of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology

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