Introduction to Japanese Papermaking

Japanese Papermaking

2 days      maximum # students 6   no experience necessary

Japanese paper is made up of inner bark fibers of traditional plants.  This fiber is soaked, cooked, rinsed and traditionally hand-beaten to form the paper pulp.  The long fibers are layered to form a sheet of paper using a different process than traditional Western made paper.  The result is a fine, translucent long fibered paper with some distinct qualities.  It is strong, good for calligraphy, printing, book arts, three-dimensional work and much more.  All aspects of fiber preparation will be covered in this class.  Three traditional fibers will be used: Abaca, Kozo and Gampi.  Basic equipment needed for future work will be discussed. Bring a towel and secure, non-slip shoes, ideas, questions, enthusiasm, notebook, lunch and beverage of choice.  Students will be working outside during part of the class so please dress according to the weather of the day.

Though classes may have a scheduled date, if  three to six people get together, we can find a date that suits us all!  Most papermaking classes are 2 days; see the calendar below for free dates available (green boxes).


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Classes are held at the Seattle studio in the University/Roosevelt area (directions are sent prior to class).  All papermaking classes are limited to 6 students.

 Registration payments are through PayPal online-invoice and can be paid via PayPal or credit card.  Personal checks can be mailed directly to the address on the invoice.  Registration is complete upon receipt of payment.