Tuesday, June 03, 2008

CRAFTY HAPPENING: World Washi Summit @ the Toronto School of Art (June 5 & 12)

The Toronto School of Art is presenting a juried exhibition for The Japanese Paper Place World Washi Summit from June 5 to June 15.

Opening night is Thursday June 5 from 5 - 7 pm, with a free lecture and demonstration by Debora Oden of her unconventional intaglio print techniques on June 12.

Directions to The Toronto School Of Art

Thursday June 12, 2008 1-3pm Studio 3

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.

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

Please join us on Thursday June 12, 2008 1-3pm for a lecture and
demonstration with Debora Oden at Toronto School of Art. Debora will be in
Toronto participating in the Japanese Paper Place World Washi Summit.
She will be demonstrating her unconventional intaglio print techniques. Oden
folds her large sheets of paper during the print process, utilizes ghosting,
offset transfer, stenciling, pouchoir inking and generally abuses her paper
as she creates large scale color works that evoke space and narrative

Working with the printing techniques of intaglio and screenprint, Oden's
work emphasizes repeated line, building forms out of ambiguity with shadowy
structure and the implication of narrative through the organization of
appropriated elements.

Don't forget to add the opening night and the free demonstration by Deborah Oden to your calendar.


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