Japanese papermaking


To wrap up September, here's some new art that's not photography. I spent this weekend at School of Museum of Fine Arts learning about Japanese Papermaking. I had never been there but I knew that I was supposed to look for a rhino - and indeed, a rhino sculpture guards the main entrance. The workshop I took was a comprehensive hands-on introduction/demonstration lead by paper artist Michelle Samour. We worked with kozo, gampi and iris fibers, and tried out not only simple few layer sheets with one of two types of fibers, but also embedding materials - see above: Japanese maple leaves that I picked up on my way to sMFA, as well as dried flowers and grasses from this year's Midsummer wreath. I had a blast! That day that I have home darkroom, I might setup paper studio as well.