Thursday, April 10, 2008


This is an example of Saganishiki a Japanese weaving technique that uses a gilded or lacquered rice-paper warp, and a silk weft,
This piece is by master weaver and teacher Mihoko Karaki
(Photo by Michael Cook
, links to Cook's and Karaki's websites are below)

Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into the 21st Century, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic Washi. As of the fall of 2007, there remain fewer than 350 families still engaged in the production of paper by hand.

Call for Submissions from Toronto School of Art

Toronto School of Art (TSA) will be participating in the Japanese Paper Place World Washi Summit June 2nd – 30th, 2008. Artwork from Toronto School of Art students and alumni will be selected for a group exhibition in the TSA gallery and premises.TSA is seeking 2-D and 3-D works, including installation and digital on handmade Japanese paper. The World Washi Summit will be an international gathering of Japanese papermakers who make Washi paper, artists who produce art with it, curators who exhibit it and the art-buying public who are eager to learn more about it.

Scheduled for June 7-15 2008, Summit events will honour quality
craftsmanship, sustainability and artists’ creativity in Toronto and around the world. Through exhibitions in 30 galleries, lectures, demonstrations, workshops and special events, it is hoped that Washi will gain its place as the world's most versatile, "green" and valuable creative material.

Please refer to the following websites for more details:,, or

Any 2-D or 3-D artwork including installation and digital are welcome. There are no size restrictions however all artwork must be completed on handmade Japanese paper which can be purchased at the Paper Place on Queen Street. Each artist may submit up to 2 pieces. All work must ready for hanging, either framed and wired, or include specific hanging instructions.

Please note:
All artwork submitted must be created on or of Japanese paper. Students are responsible for purchasing all materials including paper. The Paper Place at 887 Queen Street West has set aside several types of handmade Japanese paper for Toronto School of Art students and alumni which can be purchased. TSA students and alumni will receive 10% off all purchases.

The Paper Place, 887 Queen Street West - 416.703.0089
(across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, 3½ blocks west of Bathurst St.)
Hours: Mon.–Wed. 10–6, Thurs. - Fri. 10–8, Sat. 10-6, Sun.-closed

All artwork must be dropped off at the TSA library the week of May 26th to May 29th, 2008 by 6:30 pm. Please attach an information label to the back each artwork. Labels may be picked up from the TSA office or the bulletin board across from the elevator on the 3rd floor. Submissions will be juried and curated by Donnely Smallwood of Toronto School of Art and Mary Sue Rankin of Edward Day Gallery. All artists will be notified of the results by Monday, June 3rd, 2008 by phone or email. Any artwork not selected for the exhibition must be picked up at TSA Wednesday, June 4th to Friday, June 6th 9 am to 5 pm. The opening reception will take place in the TSA gallery Thursday, June 5th, 5 to 7 pm. The show closes June 30th and all work must be picked up from TSA July 2-5, 2008.

Awards and Prizes
Best in Show $375.00 cash award
Honourable Mention $125.00 cash award
Donated by The Paper Place

About the Curators
Donnely Smallwood is a visual artist whose work encompasses drawing, painting, collage, site-specific installations, and artist bookwork’s that are built up from fragments of found imagery, objects, and text. Her most recent project is an ongoing accumulation/collection entitled The Dufferin Archive. She received her BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and has exhibited extensively across Canada. Donnely teaches Intro to Drawing, Collage and Assemblage, and Collage and Assemblage 2.

Mary Sue Rankin is the Director of Edward Day Gallery. Established in 1992 Edward Day Gallery represents both Canadian and International emerging and award-winning senior contemporary artists. The collection is comprised of sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and other media.


paper weaving notes of Interest:

SHIFU is a luxurious woven hand made paper cloth

Paperweight; the precious cloth of shifu weaver Hiroko Karuno , an article by Stephen Szczepanek was just published in Issue 21 of Selvedge Magazine.

Saganishiki - Japanese silk & paper brocade

visit this amusingly named website WORM SPIT for a basic "how to" along with an interesting assortment of the silk education/ journey of artist Michael Cook

and see the work of Mihoko Karaki on her website Saganishiki Atelier Karaki

visit the Japanese site Paper Museum

do with it what you can

if you have time here are some interesting weaving and textile

study sites that might inspire if not inform

Tablet weaving

Japanese structures

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