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On the Road / Trade & Specialty Shows — Check this page for upcoming national and international events we may be attending in your area.

Washi Wednesdays — Find inspiration and discover the wonders of washi with our monthly drop-in.

We do more than just sell paper! We have a passion for sharing our love of Japanese paper and paper arts with the world. Below we list events and workshops that take place at our warehouse, now at 103 The East Mall,Unit 1, Etobicoke, as well as washi-related exhibitions and lectures in the Toronto area.

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Our Creative Offerings for 2018

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Online registration will be cut off two business days before each workshop in order to avoid over-booking. Please call 416-538-9669 after that time to check for availability.


with Pamela Dodds, Nancy Jacobi

  • 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm
  • $15 at the door
  • Please RSVP

To those who like to draw and want to explore some new surfaces, we offer a theme, inspiration through projected images and samples of two different papers each club night. Participants bring their own drawing media. We will provide wonderful papers as always.

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So Many Possibilities: Going Sculptural with Washi with Libby Hague

  • Sat. May 5, 10am - 4pm
  • $125 +$20 materials + hst

This workshop will show ways to modify Japanese paper to hold 3D shapes and to find freedom and inspiration within your new materials and yourself. You will first have an opportunity to create an interesting palette of your own altered papers and then you will be helped to find a relaxed but focused experimental attitude. Like a lock and key by combining your new materials with close attention, curiosity and sense of discovery, you will be on your way to making 3D paper sculpture.

Going Sculptural with Washi

Perfect Pairings for Drawing and Painting on Washi with Heather Yamada

  • Tuesday May 8, 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • $80 plus $10 materials fee + HST

Fold, pleat, tear and glue beautiful receptive Heritage washi. We'll pair up various media and papers by hand colouring, making lively gestural ink markings and collaging them into surfaces offering surprising and unique harmonious compositions. With these techniques you can create small artworks in themselves or integrate them onto canvas.

Perfect Pairings for Drawing and Painting on Washi

Pattern and Paper: Silk Route Impressions with Pria Muzumdar

  • Wed. June 20 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • $75 + $10 materials + hst
  • Wax rubbing and dyeing of washi.

Create and collect a stash of exquisite papers with Silk Route impressions for collages and other artwork. Delicate yet resilient Japanese Washi papers will be overlaid with antique Indian woodblock rubbings. Designs and colour palettes that developed in India and travelled along the old silk route from China to Egypt will be explored using special inks and high pigment wax pastels. You will have the unique opportunity of using and sharing Pria Muzumdar's exciting Indian wooden print block collection. Bring your own blocks too if you wish!

Silk Route Impressions

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Watch for varying offerings the last Wednesday of every month in 2018. Tours of our special collections, Videos, demonstrations, artist talks, testing papers, for those who want to learn more about using washi in their art.

Washi Dyeing and Surface Design

  • Wed. April 25, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in sessions repeat at 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm

Frustrated that you can't find washi in the colour you want? Learn some ways today to apply solid or variegated colours to your washi, which papers and which media work best for different end uses.

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Other Workshops

Here we list several local workshops led by artists who know and love washi. Please contact us if you know of similar learning opportunities that feature washi and its magnificent potential.

The Toronto School of Art has a range of courses in many types of artistic expression, some of which acommodate Japanese paper very well. Visit their website for more info and to register for their courses.

The Toronto School of Art

Open Studio is the centre for printmaking in Toronto, and in addition to being a longtime supporter of Japanese paper, offer classes and workshops in different print styles from beginner to advanced. Check out "education" on their website to peruse their latest offerings.

Open Studio

Articulations is an art supply store and workshop space in The Junction in Toronto. They offer a lively selection of workshops for both adults and children to keep you creating all year round.