Many of our readers are quite knowledgeable when it comes to sizing your own paper, especially sizing your “go-to” paper. Here is a step-by-step “recipe” for cooking up your own sizing and applying it to your favorite Eastern paper. The photos shown here are mostly depicting sizing made from wheat starch.  Nope!, it’s not a…

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How about wrapping a simple empty cookie tin to pretty-up  your desk or kitchen storage, make a quick vase or gift? After our last DIY tutorial, we felt ready to tackle wrapping a tin with some beautiful hand-made marbled lokta from Nepal to make a unique up-cycled object. What you will need: Step One: Cut…

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This artwork by Nathalie Boutté simply awed, amazed, and inspired me: She recycles paper strips into these simple, yet obviously complicated, images: I have some leftover strips of washi hanging around the office, literally, strips. I mean, tiny strips.  But let’s not give anything to waste. So, if anyone is willing to up-cycle and create something…

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Have you ever been to Urciers, France? I have not myself, but became curious about the place upon hearing about it from one of my colleagues.   She recently sold some fabric online to a customer there, and referred me to some pretty cool happenings in the center of France. What most peaked my interest is…

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As many of you probably read, Martha Stewart has recently joined the green movement: she is collaborating with KB Home to provide a line of green homes.  These homes would consume less energy than it produces over a course of a year, considered as a net-zero energy home. Anyone can help their workplace become a…

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Dec 1, 2010 was a lucky day or fateful day, not sure which….who am I kidding? It’s usually a little of both.  Visited my friend at her new digs in the best part of Tokyo…”Azabu”; more specifically Azabu-Juban. Azabu Juban is exactly the neighborhood of one of my all-time favorite stores “Blue & White”, founded…

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