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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.

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Our Creative Offerings for 2018

 

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.

Sleeping Kitty, sumi-e by Roslyn Levin


Sumi Ink Happening

Discover the worldwide appeal of sumi ink -- smooth and variable in its blackness, made from the soot of various woods and grains developed in the East over two thousand years ago.

  • ongoing mini workshops by several accomplished sumi-e artists from the Toronto area to introduce the basics of this painting form
  • outdoor community banner to add your sumi ink marks onto, sumi-e works for sale, specials on related materials. Bring the family!

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Artist talk: Lorraine Pritchard

  • Wednesday Nov. 14,7:00pm-8:30pm
  • Free for all ages

Lorraine is a longtime friend of the JPP, having first connected as customer 35 years ago, then employee in our first store on Queen St.W and finally as owner/operator of much-loved Au Papier Japonais in Montreal with her husband Stan. Throughout, Lorraine has deepened her appreciation of washi's potential for dialogue with drawing and painting media and shared this knowledge generously and constantly with others . Her output is prolific: works ranging from small intimate pencil drawings on dyed washi, to sumi ink brushed onto thin kozo to large bold acrylic paintings on Heritage washi. She has exhibited extensively in Canada, Europe and Japan and continues to create new bodies of work to express her quiet lively spirit.

Annual Washi Artists' Sale

  • Sat. Nov 17, 11am - 5pm

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WORKSHOPS

Bulletproof: detail, by Barbara Klunder

"Designing Positive and Negative Space for Papercuts." With Barbara Klunder

  • Sunday Sept. 30, 10am-4pm
  • $150 + hst

Barbara's breadth as an artist and designer is legendary. Included in her ever-expanding portfolio are carpets, clothing, posters, books and over many years, intricate, often huge papercuts. We are delighted that she will share her way of working with cutting paper, affirming the necessity of good design at the root of any work of art or craft.


Drypoint Printing with Coloured Chine-Colle With Agustin Rolando Rojas

  • Sun. Oct. 14, 10am - 4pm
  • $150 + hst

An introduction to intaglio printing with a master, whose experience with  chine-colle is wide and whose love for the medium is contagious.  Create a plate, and experiment with various ways to print it using coloured and natural washi.

Wax Meets Paper With Kathryn Bevier

  • Sat. Oct. 20, 10am-4pm
  • $175 + hst

In this workshop, the focus will be on controlling the application of wax based paints with respect to the high quality of papers that we will be using. Each paper that we will work with has a unique way of receiving the wax, and the different colors we use, also have their own uniqueness. Learning about these subtleties will allow you to create art that has more intention and power. By letting the paper and the thoughtful application of paint support each other, you will come into understanding your own personal aesthetics. Guided exercises will help you to tap into a visual language of mark making and color choice through printing techniques as well as direct application. Imagine coming away from this class feeling more inspired by the numerous ways you can continue to work with the art you create in this workshop.


 


Mounting Work on Washi with Dao Yan Hu

  • Tues. October 23, 6:30 - 9 pm
  • $65 + hst

Mounting your work on lightweight washi  to another sheet for ease of handling, or for perceived contrast. David's tips are few but crucial in the use of jin shofu paste, brushing and handling the paper. Bring your own artwork on washi (or several)  to mount.


Size, Resist & Reassemble: Putting Washi Through its Paces With Loree Ovens

  • Sat. Nov. 3, 10am - 4pm
  • $150 + hst

Learn to create a variety of resist techniques to use on washi. How to create your own stencils will be explored. How to use drawing gum or frisket as a resist on washi and how to remove it properly. We will start by making sample pieces before creating work that combines these techniques. In this workshop we will be working from both sides of the paper using oil and chalk pastels, pencil crayons, acrylic and watercolour. Near the end of the class we will bind the explorations into the form of a small signature book creating your own reference guide for future projects.

 


 

Classic Paper Portfolio with Don Taylor

  • Sun. Nov. 25, 10am - 5pm
  • $160 + hst

A safe holder for your small artworks or important papers will have flaps and a tie and be bound with handsome Lacquered yuzen. Finished size: 11 x 17".

 

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Critters from the Great Lakes Origami with Wendy Batt Brown

  • Wed. August 29
  • Free, one-hour sessions at 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm

Origami Critters from the Great Lakes will make for an afternoon of fun folding. Three sessions, each one more challenging than the one before.



Dyeing Washi with Natural & Synthetic Dyes with Allie Davis, resident artist at Harbourfront & former JPP intern

  • Wed. Sept 26, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in to a demo at 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm


Jewellery From Silver and Chiyogami Carolyn Young

  • Wed. Oct.31, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in to a demo at 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm
  • Carolyn will demonstrate how to make sculptural earrings and pendants using Chiyogami paper and silver wire.
    Her work will also be for sale!


Transforming Existing Boxes with Japanese Paper with JPP Staff

  • Wed. Nov.28, 1-5pm
  • Free, drop in to a demo at 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm

 

 

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.