I engaged Phil and Kazuko from the boutique tour company ShumiStay (on facebook 'Shumi Stay Japan') to take myself and fellow Papermakers to explore traditional Japanese hand papermaking techniques.
The highlight of our trip was a 2 day workshop at Kamikoya (http://kamikoya-washi.com/english) with Rogier Uitenboogaart and his family. During the trip we also visited paper museums and shops and villages specialising in papermaking.
We returned home with hand made papers of Kozo and Mitsumata fibers, and a firm resolve to incorporate more traditional and more organic processes into our papermaking practices.
|All decked out in our papermaking uniforms - |
heavy plastic aprons and gum boots.
|Beating the fibres by hand -|
its all about rhythm and trying not to
splatter your fellow papermakers with fibre!
|Stirring the vat, there's a special technique for that too.|
|Rogier guiding me through forming a sheet.|
It was challenging but a great experience.
|The happy group at the end of the workshop, with|
Rogier and his wife and son.
|Rogier with his assistant Michael.|
|Papers drying on boards. It rained most of the time we were at Kamikoya|
so the papers had to be posted to us a week later.
|My futon bed at our traditional accommodation |
onsite at Kamikoya.
|Some of the local scenery, misty with rain. The bright|
green area in the foreground is rice ready to harvest.