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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.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting work featuring Japanese paper, let us know and we would be delighted to list it here.

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Our Creative Offerings for 2017

Drawing Club

with Pamela Dodds and Nancy Jacobi

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

Tor 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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Textile Techniques with Washi with Allie Davis, JPP intern

  • Wed. August 30, drop in 1-5 pm
  • FREE

We are happy that Allie Davis has been interning with us this spring and will continue through the summer. She comes to The JPP from Sheridan College where she is part of the Craft & Design Program in the Textiles Class. While helping us with a large range of tasks Allie has been excited to learn about washi and the many things you can do with it. For this Washi Wednesday she will share with us some of what she has learned. Stay tuned!

Textile Techniques with Washi with Allie Davis, JPP intern

Weaving Washi with Nieves Carrasco

  • Wed. September 27, drop in 1-5 pm
  • FREE

Textile artist and weaver Nieves Carrasco has been dyeing washi with shibori techniques for a number of years. More recently she has been making drawings and prints on washi and reconstructing them as woven notes. Join us this afternoon to see and hear just how she goes about it.

Weaving Washi with Nieves Carrasco

Encaustic Monoprint with Erna de Vries

  • Wed. November 29, drop in 1-5 pm
  • FREE

"ERNA is a Certified Enkaustikos instructor working with wax and mixed media. She will demonstrate various methods of creating encaustic mono prints with washi while maintaining the integrity of the beautiful Japanese papers. Using pharmaceutical grade bees wax and pigments along with stencils, ink and pastels, papers can be layered, collaged and transformed into unique works of art. Join us and watch the wax at work!"
Demos will be repeated at 1:00, 2:30 and 3:45

ncaustic Monoprint with Erna de Vries

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In the Spirit of INDIGO is a Toronto-based art festival organized by Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts and partners of which The JPP is one. Events include workshops, lectures, musical performance and exhibitions from May to September 2017. The challenge is to create contemporary exciting artwork inspired by this magnificent blue pigment, used globally in a myriad of ways throughout the ages. Planned and curated by Michelle Letarte and Sharron Forrest, in collaboration with community partners, the project will culminate in an exhibition titled "In the Spirit of INDIGO" at Propeller and a parallel exhibition "Gampi Konshi: Dyed, Dark and Dramatic" at The Japanese Paper Place, both August 16 to September 3.

LECTURE: Indigo on Washi: beauty and potential with Sigrid Blohm, Fine Paper Specialist

The use of indigo dye to create beautiful patterns on fabric has seen a revival in recent years, but not many are familiar with indigo on paper. but not many are familiar with indigo on paper. In this talk Sigrid will show the great potential for washi (handmade Japanese paper) to be patterned with indigo using shibori technique illustrationg with images and actual samples of of her own work.


Patterning Blues with Lorraine Pritchard

  • Wed. August 9, 3 sessions
    • 2:30-4:30pm, $40 + hst
    • 5:00-7:00pm, $40 + hst
    • 7:30-9:30pm, $40 + hst
Patterning Blues with Lorraine Pritchard

Pattern is a continuous part of our lives experienced in the rhythms of daily life and in the rich variety of structures found in nature. It is a vital element expressed in music, poetry, architecture and visual art as well as mathematics, science and physics. Yet we are often unaware of its strong presence. This workshop will focus on patternings, exploring their characteristics or rhythmic repetition and variation, and their systems of movement and change while developing one's own vocabulary of mark, line, and shape using the colour blue.

Patterning Blues with Lorraine Pritchard -Select one time

Washi, Woodblock & Indigo with Pria Muzumdar

  • Wed. August 9, 3 sessions
    • 2:30-4:30pm, $40 + hst
    • 5:00-7:00pm, $40 + hst
    • 7:30-9:30pm, $40 + hst

Fabric artists along the old silk route have used Indigo in their prints for centuries. Participants will use artisanal Japanese papers whcih are superfine, yet strong and have a cloth-like resilience. During this workshop you will use traditional Indian woodblocks and make ancient patterns come alive again. Several layers of wax rubbings on washi will act as a resist to indigo and indigo coloured dyes. Pria will share some of her experimental collaging techniques and take you on a nostalgic journey through Indian indigo printing traditions and then forward into contemporary collage art.

Washi, Woodblock & Indigo with Pria Muzumdar
Washi, Woodblock & Indigo with Pria Muzumdar-Select one time

Bluebook, Japanese Style with Reg Beatty

  • Wed. August 9, 3 sessions
    • 2:30-4:30pm, $40 + hst
    • 5:00-7:00pm, $40 + hst
    • 7:30-9:30pm, $40 + hst

Taking advantage of the symphony of blue papers on the warehouse shelves of The Japanese Paper Place, seasoned washi user Reg Beatty will lead participants in producing a colourful classic Japanese stab-sewn blank book. These soft-cover flexible notebooks are hardy and light - excellent travel journals. Later, you can use the books and their blue and white pages to record your impressions from other sessions of the "In the Spirit of Indigo" Festival.

Bluebook, Japanese Style with Reg Beatty -Select one time
Bluebook, Japanese Style with Reg Beatty

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Chine-collé Printing with Agustín Rojas

  • Sat. September 24, 10am - 4pm
  • $110 + hst

TWorking small, today you will learn to use fragments of coloured washi to give vitality to your intaglio prints.In his native Cuba, Agustin was a professor of printmaking in the esteemed University of the Arts. His etchings have been exhibited in many countries around the world and won prizes in prestigous competitions. His passion for the practise and possibilities of etching is infectious!

Chine-collé Printing with Agustín Rojas

A tour through Sumi Ink land with Noriko Maeda

  • Thu. October 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • $40 + hst
    (includes gift certificate for $20)

Decisions, decisions! We now offer so many choices of carbon-based sumi inks, knowing what to choose is tough. Tonight, with world-renowned shodo artist and teacher Noriko, you'll begin to see the differences between several stick inks, bottled inks, Japanese and Chinese inks. Bring a couple of brushes and your curiosity!

A tour through Sumi Ink land

Paper-cutting Washi with Annyen Lam

  • Sun. November 12, 10am - 4pm
  • $110 + hst

Annyen maintains a daily practice of creating one small paper-cut a day as the tinybladesproject. She has also created some amazing large format paper-cuts. Join her for this workshop to learn how you can make the 'upper cut'!

Paper-cutting Washi

Carving Stamps for use on Washi with Loree Ovens

  • Tues. December 5, 6:30 - 9:30pm
  • $65 + hst

Carve simple 'rubber' stamps that you can then use to print on or pattern washi. Enjoy the surprising results you can get with repeats of small images on a variety of natural or coloured washi.

Carving Stamps for use on Washi

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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.