Archive for January, 2010

Paper Cutting with Moriki Kozo!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Paper Cutting is a craft that is practiced all around the world. Quite often only white or black papers are used. However, they can look quite dynamic in coloured papers. Some artists prefer scissors; others sharp blades. In ancient China, Paper Cuts were used to transfer embroidery patterns. In Europe, Paper Cuts were used to cut stencils to decorate furniture, embroidery and lace patterns. Today there are many contemporary artists who do paper cutting; Paper Callesen and Rob Ryan are just two who have stunning bodies of work.

To create a simple window display I decided to make my first attempt at Paper Cutting. Working on a larger scale and using a simple pattern made this job a little easier to attack. We generally like colour in our windows, so I choose to work with our Moriki Kozo papers. These are handmade with over 90% Kozo fibre. They are well suited to bookbinding, conservation and letter press. As a paper cut paper they work extremely well, the blade glides through them like butter. Simply a joy to work with! If you have ever thought of trying Paper Cutting, try using this sumptuous paper!

papercutting

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New Chiyogami Patterns!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Exciting news! We have recently received 14 new Chiyogami patterns, 790–803. You can view them on our online shop in the Chiyogami section. Enjoy the variety of new geometric and floral designs! Here’s a sneak peek!

NewChiyossmall

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Introducing the artists behind our marbled papers – Renato Crepaldi & Robert Wu

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

In-store, we sell marbled papers by two very talented artists.  Both Renato Crepaldi from Brazil and Robert Wu from Toronto carry on an ancient art of painting on water surface with precision and their own unique styles.

Renato Crepaldi
Renato Crepaldi
Robert Wu
Robert Wu

Renato’s work is very dense and rich in colour and pattern.

Renato in the studio - white paint from whisk
Renato in the studio – white paint from whisk
Renato in the studio - combing the pattern
Renato in the studio – combing the pattern
Renato in the studio - laying the sheet over the pattern
Renato in the studio – laying the sheet over the pattern
Renato in the studio - pattern transferred to the sheet
Renato in the studio – pattern transferred to the sheet

Robert’s work tends to be more delicate and illustrative.

Robert Wu - "Plum Tree Blossom"
Robert Wu – “Plum Tree Blossom”
Robert Wu - "Bouquet and Tiger Eyes"
Robert Wu – “Bouquet and Tiger Eyes”
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