Posts Tagged ‘washi’

Adventures in Bookbinding

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Having never made a book before I thought that I would try it out for my sister’s birthday present.  I made a hardcover and a smaller soft cover book using the same materials but different methods.  I also got her a Katazome-shi covered tea tin (available in-store in several different sizes and patterns) and a pen holder to attach to her books (available in-store in silver and gold).  I made her a matching bookmark.

On both books I used the Kurotani #55 Tanabata (available in-store) for the cover paper, which is one of my favourite natural papers right now.  I love the flecks of colour on the beautiful Japanese handmade paper.  I wanted to add a little bit more colour to the inside and used the Moriki Kozo Raspberry for the end pages on both as well.  I added a teal ribbon (available in-store) for a little bit of something extra.  For the bookmark I covered on side of cardstock with the Kurotani #55 Tanabata and the other with the Moriki Kozo Raspberry.

I used a cardstock between the cover and end page on the soft cover book, which I also scored at the side to make it easier to write in.

I had a lot of fun making everything.  It was a nice challenge for my first book binding experience.



6X8 Exhibition Opening!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Tonight’s the night!

Come join us in celebrating the work of over 90 artists who rose to the 6X8 challenge.  These artists used a vast variety of materials such as… ink, oil transfer, collage, graphite, earth materials, watercolour and tape, with one unifying element, a piece of Japanese handmade kozo paper called Etchu Hagaki. The result is inspiring!

Opening reception and award presentation for Best in Show, tonight Wednesday, October 10th from 7pm until 9pm at The Paper Place – 887 Queen Street West.

The show will remain on display until Wednesday, October 31st. Come check it out!




Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The Paper Place’s 3rd Annual 6X8 call for submissions and art exhibition is back!

The 6X8 event is an opportunity for Toronto artists to try their craft upon a piece of handmade Japanese kozo card and inevitably fall in love with it! It is a challenge to produce a piece of original artwork that brings out the inherent beauty of the washi paper provided. Prizes will be awarded to Best in Show and Runner-up, judged by The Paper Place staff and local artists (TBA). Artists may make work in any medium with any theme, the only stipulation is that the work use the 6X8 Etchu Hagaki.

You may register at The Paper Place, in person up until September 30th. Completed works must be returned by October 1st to be included in the exhibition.

The 6X8 works will be on display at The Paper Place from October 10th until October 30th. Join us for an opening reception Wednesday, October 10th from 7-9pm.


Vintage Inspired Stationery

Friday, July 6th, 2012

This month is Letter Writing Month here at The Paper Place; and who doesn’t love getting a little something special sent to them in the mail? I recently made some vintage inspired stationery for some dear pen-pals of mine.

I think that the Gampi Silk Tissue is probably one of my favourite papers right now.  It kind of reminds me of old onion skin paper, which I love.  I backed it with a piece of cardstock, attaching the two with Airmail Divine Twine. I used small rubber stamps for the text; which remind me of a vintage typewriter.  On the back cardstock I used navy Par Avion stamps by Cavallini (available instore).  To finish I used washi tape to create an airmail pattern on a plain white envelope. For postage I used vintage Canadian stamps from SendMoreMail (both available instore).


I also cut a piece of Kingin Stationery in half then stitched it to some colourful cardstock to brighten it up a little bit.  I thought that such a lovely handmade paper deserved a handwritten letter. I love its small gold flecks and the handmade edge.




Washi Windows

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Before it gets replaced with the fabulous collages from our March Break Kid’s Challenge; I wanted to document Nick Rubi’s mesmerizing window installation. Nick’s installation was conceived to give passersby the oppotunity to experience the beauty of our some of our Japanese papers, which we seldom have an opportunity to display.

 Close up and full view of washi windows

close up and outside of washi windows

Nick carefully attached long strips of different types of washi and Chiyogami papers and labeled them all with the proper name of the paper.

Close up of Washi names
Although these photos can hardly capture the sublime image of these strips of paper hanging in a gentle breeze, I hoped to share Nick’s beautiful windows with anyone who didn’t get a chance to experience them first hand.

❤ Mariel ❤