World Washi Summit
- 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
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
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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