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  • Jill Littlewood
    The website has lots of interesting information; for textile artists the shifu demonstrations should be good. This is a going to be a stellar event. June 7 -
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      The website has lots of interesting information; for textile artists the
      shifu demonstrations should be good. This is a going to be a stellar event.





      June 7 - 15 2008 Toronto and Environs

      The World Washi Summit will be an international gathering to
      celebrate the quality craftsmanship and sustainability of washi, the
      paper that has been handcrafted by the Japanese for over 1400 years.
      Totally dedicated to washi, the Summit will be the first event of its
      type ever held and will feature the works of more than 100
      international and Canadian artists whose talents bring the paper to
      life.

      Principal guests of the Summit will be three of Japan's talented
      papermakers performing demonstrations on how washi is actually made.
      They will meet face-to-face with the Summit artists and see first
      hand how washi has found new use in other lands. Other participants
      will include the curators who exhibit washi, its distributors, and
      the art-buying public eager to learn about it. The majority of events
      will be free.

      Creative works with washi by artists from South Africa, England,
      Scotland, Germany, Japan, China, Finland, Iceland, and Mexico will be
      exhibited in some 35 galleries and venues in and around Toronto. The
      Japan Foundation will host an exhibition Washi over Time showing
      traditional uses and the migration of textile patterns onto paper
      (chiyogami).

      Other events will include workshops by international guests on using
      washi, and demonstrations by artists, including stonecut printing by
      Inuit printmaker Kavavaow Mannomee; lectures on Life in a Papermaking
      Community and on Chiyogami: the UK's New Marbled Paper; a look at the
      collection of washi books in the ROM's East Asian Library; a fashion
      show and a washi bazaar at the Gladstone Hotel; and to cap off the
      week a Grand Review with artists, curators and papermakers.

      The World Washi Summit is the brainchild of Nancy Jacobi, founder of
      The Japanese Paper Place. She first introduced washi to Canada in
      1982 through her tiny store on Queen Street West. Since that
      introduction this renewable resource has become a central medium for
      thousands of artists in both Canada and abroad who appreciate its
      beauty, versatility and permanence. The JPP houses a vast collection
      of Japanese papers and fills daily orders to stores and artistic
      communities around the world.

      For the Summit, The Japanese Paper Place has partnered with the Japan
      Foundation towards their common goals: to educate the art public on
      the practicality and the sustainability of Japanese papers, and above
      all to encourage Japanese papermakers in preserving an ancient craft
      that has become indispensible to discerning artists everywhere.

      For current updates and scheduling, visit: www.worldwashisummit.com



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