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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Courtesy of Michael Lin.  His wallpapers, inspired by traditional Taiwanese textile designs, are not simply plastered in the latest trendiest boutique hotel- they would actually be on the hotel. In this case, gloriously and boldly draping the Vancouver Art Gallery: It almost seems superimposed, I know, but these hand-painted panels are installations that can be seen…

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