Studio blog of Annie Bissett, an artist working with traditional Japanese woodblock printing (moku hanga)
In a previous post I uploaded some photos of a family of washi papermakers in Shiroishi, near Sendai, Japan. Today I found a video on Youtube that shows Endo san making sheets of Shiroishi washi.
Wow~that is too cool. Papermaking on YouTube...the internet is astounding... I love washi. Thanks for sharing it.-Nicole
Wow. That is a lot of intensive labor. I worry now - does my work deserve the luxury of being printed on such finely crafted paper? Well, I suppose that regardless of how a person's printing turns out, just purchasing such papers would support this craft. Kind of sacred, isn't it.
I've been thinking about the paper issue too, feeling that some of my work just doesn't deserve the fine paper. I've decided, at least for now, to use two tiers of paper. I'm using Rives Heavyweight for experimental prints, "fun" prints, prints that I want to sell more cheaply and I'm using fine handmade washi for ambitious works like the map-based prints.
thank you Annie, very pretty nice videos for me & my students too Pietro
Thanks for finding that - it's made to look so easy!Celia
It's an amazing and exacting process, isn't it? Apparently, there used to be many papermakers in Shiroishi, but now there's just one family remaining. I visited them on my trip to Japan in 2004 and was amazed at their skill.
That is fantastic. I feel justified for taking paper so seriously. I had been feeling like a hyper obsessed crazy paper lady until I saw that video. Watching the process made me feel peaceful.
Dear Crazy Paper Lady,Glad you liked the video! Paper is a great thing to be crazy over.
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