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.