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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.

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


Washi Drawing Club

with Pamela Dodds & Nancy Jacobi


Third Tuesday of every month; $15 at the door but please RSVP to Pamela Dodds at mail@pameladodds.net

For those who like to draw and want to explore some new surfaces, we offer a theme, inspiration through projected images and samples of 2 different papers each club night. Participants bring their own drawing media, often suggested by facilitator Pamela.


WASHI WEDNESDAYS

Zippered Bags and Paper Pouches

with JPP staff Sigrid Blohm

Wed. April 26, FREE, drop in 1-5 pm


Learn how to create two types of bags sewn from washi that has been treated with konnyaku: a zippered pouch and one with drawstrings. Machine stitching and use of konnyaku will be shown.



Bring Your own Media, Play with our Paper

with JPP staff

Wed. May 31, FREE, drop in 1-5 pm


Have you ever wanted to try using washi for something you do but haven't got around to it? Or maybe you're afraid to buying full sheets if you're not sure what you want to do will work? If so then this Washi Wednesday is right for you. Bring your own paints, drawing implements, printing materials or what have you and we'll provide lots of samples to try out. Some other basic materials such as paste and sumi ink will also be available to use.




WASHI STAR TALK

Talking about the wonders of washi in painting and art making

with Heather Midori Yamada

Wed. May 31, 7-9pm,     FREE but please RSVP to washi@japanesepaperplace.com

Heather Yamada has a passion for washi. Most of her work is based on using it, and her fearless exploration of its many wonderful properties is what she will talk about tonight. This evening will be of interest to all artists and especially to painters: inspiring and informative in one fell swoop.


WORKSHOPS

Wet Mounting Washi

with David Hu

Monday March 27, 6:30-8:30pm     $60

This ancient technique used in the East for preparing paintings on thin paper for scroll mounting has myriad uses for any artist working with washi. Once it is flattened and given extra weight by the process, it is easier to handle for framers or dealers. The resulting heavier paper can then be used to make sculptures or used wherever a heavier paper is needed.
Bring examples of your work on thin washi to learn the technique


Image Transfer

with Susan Farquhar

Saturday, May 13th, 10am-4:00pm     $110 + hst

Japanese handmade papers are beautiful but not always designed to go into your digital printer. Yet those handmade sheets that you like so much are the ones you wish to use. Transferring your digital prints of your photos or drawings is an alternative that lets you put your print on that special paper but not mess up your printer in the process. Susan will demonstrate my method of transferring digital inkjet prints to washi pre-coated with konnyaku and using acrylic medium. Susan will also demonstrate transferring with other materials such as Mod Podge and Omni Gel Transfer Medium. However you wish to use your transfers these demos will inform your choices of transfer materials for future projects.


Surface Design on Washi

with Loree Ovens

Thurs. May 18, 6:30-9:30pm,     $65 + hst

Learn how to create experimental surface design on washi using dip and folded painting techniques. Intuitive mark making exercises will be covered to get your creative juices flowing! No previous experience is required. All the methods shown are appropriate for a home studio set-up. The resulting papers can be used in myriad ways, from collage to sculpture.



Paint, Pattern, Plunder...Marking, Texturing and Layering Seichosen, Sekishu and Shoji Natural for painters

with Heather Midori Yamada

Sat. June 3, 10am-4pm, $125 + hst

Sat. & Sun. June 3 & $, 10am-4pm, $225 + hst

Back by popular demand, we are delighted to once again offer this exciting workshop with artist Heather Midori Yamada.

Express your inner artistic 'pirate' with spontaneous brush, inks, Tri-Art mediums and acrylics. Texturize and layer self-coloured washi onto other washi and small canvasses which you will provide. Washi and most other materials and equipment are included in the all-level workshop. Seichosen, Sekishu and Shoji Natural will be the papers used throughout the day including the possibility of working on a larger format piece should you wish. This may be taken as a one day stand alone workshop (Saturday), or if you would like to delve a little deeper into the process, as a two day workshop (Saturday and Sunday).

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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.

 


 

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.


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.


Haliburton School of the Arts, Southampton Art and Loyalist College Summer Arts all offer summer courses to hone your artistic skills - all the better to use on washi.