As a part of the Sakura Project led by the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto, beautiful artwork was submitted by talented artists from across the country and beyond! We invited Consul-General Sasayama to join Nancy Jacobi in selecting the three prize winners. Each winning artist will receive a $100 gift certificate for use at The Japanese Paper Place. Congratulations to our winners! 🏅 Lorna Mulligan 🏅 Loree Ovens 🏅 Sharron Forrest
Highly detailed drawings of aging hands by artist Kim Anderson on gampi washi. "It has a warmth and tactility that makes it seem almost alive," she says."My drawings are enhanced by the extraordinary qualities of the washi, its diaphanous nature creating nuances of light and texture as it constantly floats and drifts in the air currents."
"Kamism Co., a washi wallpaper sales and planning company in Chuo Ward, has engaged in the promotion of lamp shades and other interior furnishings that make use of the traditional paper. At the company’s studio in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, Katsuteru Nakanishi, a craftsman with 48 years of experience, shows visitors his own personal technique of processing washi."
"Keiko Ichihara started to create washi wedding dresses in 1995 in the hopes of forging a future for the material. Today, the 61-year-old owner of Minoshimai in Mino, Gifu Prefecture, makes about five dresses a year. Some customers even recycled their washi dresses after the nuptials and made thank-you letters with them, she said."