From our humble beginnings in
1982, when owner Nancy Jacobi started
showing artists and bookbinders these
gorgeous papers from the trunk of
her car, The Japanese Paper Place
staff remain committed to the company's
ideal of encouraging and promoting
creativity with quality Japanese
Though we have a warehouse full
of machine made and decorative Japanese
papers which we ship around the world,
our particular passion is for sharing
traditional Japanese handmade papers
with the world while they are still
Meet the staff
Decades after founding The Japanese Paper Place, Nancy Jacobi continues
to find new outlets to express her life’s passion for one of
the world’s most precious artistic resources: washi. Her
2008 endeavour, "The
World Washi Summit", brought together Japanese papermakers,
artists, gallery owners and distributors of our paper from around
the world for a life-altering week of creative discovery. This
event was the perfect expression of Nancy’s essence: the ability
to mix art with business, tradition with innovation, and passion
with purpose. Each subsequent year in June she has organized a smaller
event along similar themes; you can always find the latest at www.washisummit.com.
Lest you think our "CEO of Inspiration" is all work and no play, we assure you that she makes time to enjoy baroque music, theatre, Tai Chi, swimming at her summer cottage and traveling the world with her husband, Peter Jones. (We’re just not sure when she finds time to sleep!)
A cast of creative, skillful and knowledgeable
paper-loving staff keep things humming
at the warehouse:
Sigrid Blohm is a lover of things natural, including canoeing in Ontario's north country. She acts as our washi consultant and helps to organize workshops (her own "stitching washi" included) and exhibitions. When not at the warehouse giving advice on just which types of washi we have for your particular needs she can be found at home drawing on, stitching or dyeing them herself.
Katie Bruce, originally from southern Alberta, brings to her role of Canadian Client Rep an MFA in print media along with experience using washi in innovative ways. She also brings an appetite and skills for Instagram, and you can see her eagle eye for washi-related images at instagram.com/the_jpp. She is perseverent in a gentle way, organized, and creatively thoughtful. What more could you want in your contact with your paper supplier?
When you ship paper to all four corners of the globe you need someone who knows how to get it there quickly, economically and in one piece… and our "go to" person is Peter Jones. A true renaissance man, Peter’s wide-ranging talents are called upon for everything from fixing leaky faucets to hanging washi sculptures. A whiz with Japanese paper and a soldering iron, he also teaches our popular "Lampshade Making" workshop. And as we all learned at a staff party, he can salsa with the best of them!
Vinna Ly joined us originally to help in production, where
a talented gang of women create the many packaged and pasted
items we design and sell. With the marriage and departure of
the head honcho, Vinna was ripened for the task of managing
the area. She takes over the reins with her special brand of
enthusiasm, energy and a background in retail merchandising.
A graduate in environmental design from the Ontario College
of Art and Design, Vinna is also a key contributor to her partner’s LE Gallery, on
the forefront of Toronto’s gallery scene. Her
wry sense of humour comes as part of the package!
Tara Moore-Jones has been a part of the JPP since she was 9 years old when she helped make the first prototypes of our Potluck Packages! Now, fully grown, she still brings her creative side to her position in the Sales Department: getting new US and international customers started and helping them grow.
Tara's young daughter, in turn, is now discovering the joy of making tiny books from Japanese paper too.
Julia Prime performs a variety of tasks at the JPP including maintaining our library of swatch sheets and 8 1/2 x 11" samples, updating the inventory database, helping look after customers visiting our artist resource room, and supporting our sales team. Having graduated with a major in printmaking from the Ontario College of Art & Design, Julia's art practice combines various printmaking techniques with hand embroidery on washi. Her work can be seen on her website at www.juliaprime.ca.
Jeff Spicer is the latest addition to the JPP shipping/cutting dept, and it's a good match because:
a) he lives nearby and walks or bikes to work
b) he likes music from the "whole spectrum"
c) he likes to draw & will now draw on washi!
d) he brings experience in other warehouses
e) he has a great dry sense of humour.
Megan is a valuable member of our production team, last year creating over 3,000 MiniMix mosaic packs alone! She is an OCAD graduate in sculpture and installation with a minor in material art and design. She loves to knit, crochet and sew, and puts her enjoyment of working with her hands to good use in the production department.
Duke Tran is our highly skilled packer who makes sure that even the most delicate tissues arrive in perfect condition. His willingness to assist fellow employees with a smile makes him indispensable in every department. "No" just isn’t in his vocabulary! A self-described "classic Pisces," Duke enjoys venturing off the beaten path in his travels through life and finds it difficult to resist a good pastry or a slice of cheesecake.