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Workshops and Events

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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.

WASHI DRAWING CLUB

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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WORKSHOPS

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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WASHI WEDNESDAY

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.

Test that Paper

paper
  • Wed. May 30, 1-5pm

Bring your favorite media, we'll provide suitable papers to match it and you can go girl! or guy!

Exploring Both Sides of Washi with Loree Ovens

Loree Ovens Terra
  • Wednesday June 27, 1-5 pm
  • Free, drop in, demos at 1pm, 2:30pm & 4pm

Explore both sides of washi using ink, acrylic, graphite and pencil crayon. Cut, collage and reassemble with hand stitching for endless possibilites. Loree will demo using various intuitive techniques with wet and dry media. Once dry the papers will be further explored through stitching, tearing, cutting holes... Come and watch Loree at work.

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Artist Talk

Elizabeth D'Agostino

Copper Plate
  • Wed June 27 7:00-8:30
  • Free but please RSVP

One of the artists in Both Sides Now, Elizabeth has explored washi for many years, stretching the possibilities especially of gampi tissue, the gossamer-thin "noble" paper that requires patience and a lot of love! Ingeneously combining print, sculpture and installation, she has exhibited widely from Kelowna to New York to Capetown, her finely articulated etchings and silkscreens in layers inviting the viewer to look more closely at where nature may be headed. No charge, but please RSVP if you plan to come. washi@japanesepaperplace.com

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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.