Two Workshops on Japanese PapersThe response to my question a few weeks ago about interest in a workshop on printing with Japanese papers was overwhelming, with more than 50 positive responses in the first week! That's more than I can do at once, so I will schedule at least two workshops, the first for Saturday, April 28, from 10:00-noon at our studio. A second workshop will be held two weeks later, on May 12. The cost of each workshop will be $50. If there is sufficient interest, I will consider scheduling another one later this summer.
Since interest is high, be sure to respond quickly to get into either of these first two. Directions for registration are below.
The format will be straightforward. I will have many printed samples on a lot of papers, supplied by the Japanese paper manufacturing company, Awagami, as well as an importer in southern California, Hiromi Paper.
I'll talk about the benefits and challenges of printing on these papers, how they differ from the popular European and American papers most of us are familiar with. What are the color characteristics, what kinds of pictures work best, what sizes are available?
A bit of the history of paper making in Japan and how the tradition of printmaking there was influenced by the papers will also be presented. In fact, at the bottom of this newsletter are links to three web sites detailing Japanese paper making that you may want to look at to familiarize yourself with some of concepts and terminology-but this is optional to your enjoyment of these papers.
Everyone in the workshop should bring three digital files of photographs or other artwork for printing on A4 (8.5"x11") paper. A CD/DVD or flash drive will do, or you can upload them ahead of time via email or the FTP Upload page on our web site. After looking at all the samples you can choose the papers for your prints. I won't be able to get them printed that day, but will strive to finish everything early in the following week so you can pick them up by mid-week. If that's inconvenient, I can mail the prints to you.
Because these workshops will fill up fast, you should consider picking a preferred date but keep the second date as an option, too. Registration will be via phone or email, but not until this Thursday, April 5. It will be first come, first served, so call or email me after 9 a.m. to be registered. Payment by check or charge card accepted, but must be paid by April 12.
But remember, even if these workshops fill up or their timing isn't convenient for you, there will always be plenty of samples to look at any time you come by the studio!