4-26-17 Washi Paper

Wednesday April 26, 7 - 9pm at Northwind Arts Center -- Washi—Japanese Paper

We host Japanese paper expert, Linda Marshall, the proprietor of Washi Arts. Paper is fundamental to book arts, whether a component of printing, binding, sculpting, or folding. Traditional Japanese papers, known as washi, provide a range of possibilities beyond wood pulp and cotton. Washi is loved by bookbinders, conservators, print-makers, architects and interior designers, book artists, printers, graphic designers and calligraphers.

Linda will conduct a hands-on demonstration of Japanese paper at our Northwind Book Arts meeting. Learn about:

  • how washi is made
  • what makes washi different from other papers
  • how to use washi in your creative work
  • what qualities different papers have and how to identity them
  • how to feel the different weights of washi
  • how natural + synthetic dyes are used to tone and color the paper
  • famous artists who use washi in their work
  • supplies and tools for use with washi

Wa = Japanese + Shi = Paper | Washi = Japanese Paper 
Washi is the traditional paper made from the long inner fibers of three plants – gampi, mitsumata and kozo. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into a new global lifestyle, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic handmade washi.

Linda Marshall is a creative designer with a background in corporate and non-profit communications, strategy, design and marketing. With a strong passion for books and paper, Linda is an admirer of printers, book artists, print-makers, artists and creative thinkers.

Washi Arts, located in Blaine, Washington, is a retail partner of The Japanese Paper Place that houses the world’s largest selection of Japanese papers under one roof. Her goal is to inspire artists and artisans to use this precious material to enhance their work and spark creativity.


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