Festoon1 is a celebration of paper, paper mills and papermakers. The hundreds of paper machines and countless skilled craftsmen that have come and gone over the past two centuries.
Everything changes, things evolve and move on. In Festoon I have tried to capture this sense of evolution.
1FESTOONING SYSTEM A part of the in-feed system on a web press that allows the paper to weave in and around a series of rolls for approximately 200 ft. prior to entering the first printing unit. This allows for better tension control and provides a more uniform web going into the press. 1) A series of moveable rollers, that allows an accumulation of enough length of paper so that a zero speed splice can be made without slowing or stopping the printing press or coater. 2) An older means of slow air drying a web or coating, by conveying a web through the drying chamber, hung over closely spaced horizontal bars or poles, with the web sagging to near the floor of the drying chamber, between each bar. Also called loft, pole, or loop drying.