Archive for March, 2011

Seichosen Kozo

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

From now on, I will be posting regular blogs featuring our papers that we love the most.  I thought that it would be appropriate, for the first post, to feature the paper that I use in my own artwork.

Seichosen Kozo (Long) 25.5″ x 70.5″

Seichosen Kozo is made from 100% Japanese Kozo. The fibre is soaked & sun-bleached in pools of water created in a stream outside the papermaking studio. The kozo is then cooked in slaked lime which makes a softer, less shiny paper than fibre cooked in wood ash or soda ash. The sheets are formed on reed screens (rather than the usual bamboo) and are dried in the open air on wooden boards.

All of this is still carried out by the three generations of the Ozaki family in their mountain home in Kochi.  Kochi has long been known for rice cultivation and the farmers would make paper for their livelihood during the winter months.  The Ozaki’s are the last of these paper makers. (information courtesy of The Japanese Paper Place and Hiromi Paper International.)

The photo above is of the most recent mountain of hand-dyed papers in my studio.  I am preparing for my next piece in a new series.  After dyeing I treat each piece with konnyaku and then meticulously cut into 1.5″ squares.

Two pieces from my last series were just hung in the store today!  If you are passing by on Queen Street come in for a peak to see these in person.

Raspberries, 2010Kudzu, 2010


Photos From Saturday’s Printmaking Workshop

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This past Saturday we sent a few of our customers to the studio of Victoria Cowan for a workshop on relief printmaking by hand.  All of the participants went from zero experience to wanting to continue with this kind of work.

It looks like they had a fantastic day!


Kids Collage Challenge

Friday, March 4th, 2011

We are holding our second annual March Break Kids Collage Challenge.  Pick up your kits before the 14th of March.  Collages returned before March 21st will be on display in our Queen Street West windows for the entire month of April!


Book Binding- A Beginner’s Project

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

This week I was determined to bind myself a book. I am a complete beginner to the whole process so I made sure to use a straight forward, and clear instructional book for my first project.

Bookcraft by Heather Weston is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to learn the basics of book binding.

Not only are there a number of simple and classic projects, but the entire book starts with an amazing introduction outlining all the materials and tools needed, with pictures!

I had great fun choosing my papers and gathering all the supplies …

I chose two of my favourite handmade Nepalese papers for the cover and end pages.

I really enjoyed the process! I know I’ll need a bit more experience before my products come out even and aligned, but that’s all part of the charm.

Et voila!

Now on to the next project! But, just let me stare at this one for a few hours longer…