Echizen washi comes to us from Fukui Prefecture, a very famous paper-making area in western Japan. It is a region that is most recognized for production of Japan’s notable paper currency. Echizen Washi is a special collection of paper with a sheen. Hikkake, the brocade-like patterns on surface of some of the Echizen papers are created…

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We met Helen Hiebert back in the early ’90s, in SoHo, NYC at Dieu Donné Papermill , and have since watched her blossom into truly a paperwoman extraordinaire. In our conversation below, we discuss handmade paper with Helen, who has cultivated a solid reputation as an educator, artist, writer and champion of the art of paper.  Enjoy her musings on handmade paper,…

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I found THE solution (well-almost) to my packing woes-as I anticipate another long voyage across the Pacific. It’s ORISHIKI. A hybrid word taken from origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, and furoshiki, the typically square fabric used for wrapping objects, this design by Naoki Kawamoto is literally “”out of the box”.  A 2-D design…

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Wouldn’t you love to BANK here?  Yes, it IS a bank.   It’s the Tokiwadai Branch of the Sugamo Shinkin Bank, designed by Emmanuelle Moureaux. I love how there are no signs that is a bank.  Unless you were a client here, you wouldn’t know.  What a great  security measure! Found via wallpaper.

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