Oct 31, 2020
Without the use of paper there would be no
mokuhanga. Washi has played an indelible position in
the world of the Japanese print. Many artists in mokuhanga use
washi for their prints and as The Unfinished Print is a
podcast dedicated to the workings of mokuhanga I felt it was
necessary to interview an expert in all things washi.
Nancy Jacobi has worked tirelessly in promoting the use
of washi in her life through her company and store
The Japanese Paper Place, here in Toronto. She has
lectured on the subject, as well as educated many about the
possibilities of washi. In this episode of The Unfinished
Print Nancy helps me understand how important washi
is to many artists, its history, and how it needs to be
Show Notes: all links are hyperlinked. Just click!
kozo paper - this video I
found on YouTube is a great mini doc of the intensive paper making
Rembrandt (1606-1669) - washiarts.com have written on Rembrandt’s use of Japanese paper.
Inuit printmaking - The Inuit are an Arctic group of indigenous peoples located in Canada, Greenland, and the US state of Alaska. They have a tradition of printmaking beginning in the 1950’s, as introduced by administrator John A. Houston (1921-2005),who according to The Canadian Encyclopedia, studied in Japan for a few months under print artist Un’ichi Hiratsuka (1895-1997) Today, there is a rich history of printmaking from the Inuit people.
Timothy Barrett is a printmaker and paper maker from the US who was interviewed on the Paper Talk Podcast
Dutch trade with Japan as found on a multi part website dedicated to the Netherlands/Japan exchange
Japonisme - a great essay found in the MET website
The Ontario College of Art is located in downtown Toronto near the Art Gallery of Ontario. With a long history of artists and art OCAD continues to teach art in Toronto.
chiyogami paper is a patterned paper for decoration and art
CERB - the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit plan was a monetary response to the current COVID-19 pandemic
Queen St. West is a street in the central part of Toronto,
running West to East, with a rich history. In the 1980’s when Nancy
was first setting up The JPP it was a seedier part of Toronto with
a lot of prostitution, drugs, and poverty.
CAMH - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is an institution in Toronto for the care of individuals afflicted with various psychiatric issues. It is still located on Queen St. West and has always been a fixture in the area. With a rich varied history of research and awareness CAMH continues its efforts today.
Toronto artist co-ops have been important to the preservation and cooperation between artists for a long time. Artscape, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and others have been working with artists in Toronto for years.
Park is a 16 hectare park located in and around Queen Street
and Dundas Streets in Toronto. It’s an important park for
many students, artists, hipsters, and bohemians. Once used by the
University Of Toronto with the building of Trinity College in the
mid 19th century, the college had been demolished in the 1950’s
much like many architecturally important buildings in Toronto at
that time, and currently.
Etobicoke (Ētowbicoe) is a part of the city of Toronto which stretches west towards the city of Mississauga. It was a suburb until Toronto amalgamation in January of 1998.
Au Papier Japonais (Montréal) - I would encourage my American printmaker listeners to seek out Canadian paper shops like the JPP and APJ, as well as Washi Arts in the US, for their paper needs. With shipping being complicated with COVID-19 it may be a better option.
Arts Council is a grant based organization in the province of
Ontario which grants subsidies for artists in visual and theatrical
Brian Kelley - printmaker
Harbourfront is a portion of the lake shore in Toronto from Bathurst St. to Queens Quay. It has become a center for art, sports, theatre and outdoor activities. The arts have predominantly been exhibited at The Harbourfront Centre.
ARTiculations - a
shop in Toronto which conducts many workshops in many art
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