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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Maybe you have dabbled in alternative printing for photography, maybe you miss the good ole’ days of film and a 35mm, or maybe you look back at historical photographs over a century ago, and wonder, ‘how did they do it?’ Regardless of which of the above categories you may fall into, you will be inspired and…

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As my feet touch the ground in Japan, and I try to adjust my internal clock to Tokyo time, I still am coming off a papermaking and printmaking high that started in Portland.  No, it’s not because of any legal herbs or ink fumes, but the genuine love of both arts (and the city of…

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You knew we now stock hanji  at Paper Connection; right?  For all those who can’t wait to try this handmade, mulberry paper from Korea, we are happy to provide hanji in a vast array of colors.  We have been inspired and influenced by world renowned hanji artists, such as Ms. Jiyoung Chung , author of…

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Today, I was so very lucky to be invited to the RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) Library Special Collections archive in the Dale Reading Room.  Professor Jan Baker, who has been teaching Book Arts in the Graphics Department for more than 30 years, pre-pulled some incredible “gems”(artists’ books) especially for me and a young…

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With all the paper cutting art we see, everywhere from ETSY’s on-line gallery to the museum or gallery down your street,  I asked myself, where did this phenomenon come from?  And why is paper cutting so hip right now? It all starts at the beginning; it always does! …Seeking the origins of the traditional folk art…

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The Summer 2010 RISD Japanese Book Arts class (part of the Continuing Education program) recently visited us to show us their beautifully made boxes, using our paper; of course!   We wholeheartedly support the paper and book arts here in Providence, and mutually the RISD book arts folks, like the teacher of this course, Ms. Suzi…

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