Zoe Collis

2018 QEST Drapers' Company Apprentice - Paper Making

After a Foundation Diploma in Arts, Media & Design, Zoe’s search for a hands-on job led to the Two Rivers Paper Company in Somerset, one of the few commercial handmills in Europe. During a three-year apprenticeship, founder and fourth-generation paper maker Jim Patterson is teaching Zoe all aspects of this endangered craft, from formulating the recipe to mixing the pulp and forming sheets. Together they recently developed a drawing paper that can be used underwater.

My future is brighter with this QEST Drapers’ Company Apprenticeship. Jim is sharing his lifetime of experience and the funding enables him to meet training costs and pay above minimum wage as I learn to make beautiful rag papers for British artists.