Au Papier Japonais
Francais August 20, 2018


Lorraine Pritchard & Stan Phillips
Thursday October 05, 2017

Why is it that artists, bookbinders, printmakers (especially the Inuit!), kitemakers, conservators, cardmakers, calligraphers, designers, origamists, or just plain folks who put those beautiful Chiyogami patterns on their walls because they’re so beautiful—find washi a constant source of inspiration?
       Explore this incomparable medium, and raison d’être for Au Papier japonais, with its two owners in this “show and tell and feel” evening.They will bring a wide selection of the over 800 papers at the store to pass around as they explain their qualities and traditional and modern uses as well a number of "tricks of the trade" for those working with washi that will help make your life much easier and avoid many inadvertant pitfalls.

Organic Techniques for Image Transfer ADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday October 14, 2017

The world is awash with images these days. Many are in digital form on our phones, yes, but an even greater number are in publications that abound on newsstands. How advantageous it would be if you had a way to extract any image and incorporate it into a painting, drawing, collage, cover a journal or combine it with others.
       With inexpensive and ready-to-hand materials, incorporate virtually any image that exists in a printed form into your artwork either in its original form, or altered during the transfer process to produce different effects. Renée will show you how to transfer images using natural oils, gesso and acrylic medium, as well as how to transfer onto canvas and "mousseline" for support. Bring along colour or black and white photocopies or computer prints to experiment with.

The Light Motif: Washi Wireform Lampshades ADD TO CART
Stan Phillips
Saturday October 14, 2017 | Saturday February 10, 2018 | Saturday May 19, 2018

If you stop to think about it, a lampshade is a very personal object, it’s much more than a covering for a lamp, like a hat is much more than a covering for your head. It has form; it has colour; it has texture, and moreover, it has style. You want to make sure yours reflects more than just light! And there’s no better for it to be more “you” than to make your own.
       Working with easily manipulated wire to make the structure for a wide range of different shapes and forms, and then covering it with washi, results in a lampshade that gives you not only warm illumination that’s easy on the eyes, but also the satisfaction of having made it yourself.
       Students mostly come with their own ideas (or choose from Stan’s models), learn how to straighten coiled wire, assemble the structure, solder the joints and cover it with their choice of the many beautiful papers supplied. Find out lots of helpful “tricks of the trade” along the way, and take home something that will soothe rather than abuse your eyes!

Techniques learned: Straightening galvanized steel wire; choosing strategies for minimizing number of elements; making models; scaling up; assembling into form of one\

Quick-cut Printmaking with Speedy BlockADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday October 26, 2017 | Thursday April 05, 2018

Printmaking goes all the way back to Gutenberg and printing itself. The ornate and beautiful capital initials in text and early illustrations were all done by woodblock prints (some of which were coloured by hand) and made famous by artists such as Albrect Durer, Hokusai and M.C. Escher. Trouble is that woodblocks require expensive tools to cut well. That’s why so many people like “Speedy Block” printing. It’s so easy to do and the result looks so much like traditional woodblock prints. “Speedy Block” is a material as easy to cut into as an apple—with modestly priced tools.
       Learn with Indra who uses the technique to produce the graphic Chinese horoscope cards that are so popular in our store. The technique enables you to print on soft surfaces like T-shirts, curved surfaces like cups, or vertical surfaces like walls. In the workshop you will use many different kinds of washi to make prints you can use later for cards, bookplates, labels, or as elements in collage.

The Folded World: The Origami ExperienceADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday November 02, 2017 | Thursday May 10, 2018

How commonplace, how humble, but how inexhaustible the possibilities in a single piece of paper. Of all that can be done with paper, nothing is more fascinating, or produces more extraordinary results, than folding. It can result in an Orangatang, a Shark, a Blue Bird, or a Rose in its most simple form. Put a few folded modules together and create a simple cube, a complex star. Pre-crease a sheet of paper and pop out geometric shapes. Or by twisting and pleating, all kinds of intriguing patterns begin to appear seemingly out of nowhere! Indra starts with a few traditional models and gradually helps students discover the more involved and demanding kinds of Orgami to look forward to as skill increases such as Modulare Origami and Tesselations. This introduction will also help make instructions in origami packages and/or books so much easier to understand once you see how it done in person.

Au natural: Colouring Washi with Organic Dyes ADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday November 09, 2017

No one hesitates to take up a paintbrush and paint a wall. Hardly anyone thinks that you can do the same thing with paper. And there is no better paper for this than the responsive surfaces of washi. Not only can you get a specific colour if you want, but a delicious blending of many overlapping and intermingling colours, great for collage afterwards, covers of books, to print poetry on, to draw or paint on afterwards, etc. And you can do this all with a clear conscience! Natural dyes are about as organic as you can get, and not only give you rich colours that can be combined as suits your taste, but avoids the environmental downside of chemical-based media.
       The inherent strength and resilience of washi allows you to dye papers with as much richness and intermingling of colour as simply and easily as cloth. The results are surfaces that become a reflection of one’s own sensitivities, taste and imagination and can be used afterwards to cover books or boxes, on cards or lampshades or as elements in collage.

Techniques learned: Dyeing with natural powders, such as tumeric, hibiscus flowers, persimmon, and many others easily obtained, exploiting the special characteristics of washi.

Wrapping It Up: Beautiful Gift Presentation
with a Japanese Touch
Indra Singh
Thursday December 14, 2017

Nobody makes the presentation of a gift more important—or beautiful—than the Japanese. How it is wrapped is given just as much thought as the gift itself. Our multi-talented Indra, a self-taught Origami virtuoso, turns her thought to applying the infinite possibility of that art to providing wrapping solutions for your gifts.
       Whether you need to wrap a gift card, a crisp twenty dollar bill, a regular boxed gift or a soft, oddly shaped item, this is the Workshop to show you how. Get as much appreciation for the care and imagination you put into presenting the gift as from gift itself.

Konnyaku-tough: Making Japanese Paper even StrongerADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday January 25, 2018

If you were an athlete, it would be like working out extra hard and adding more protein to your diet to give yourself extra strength and body mass. You can add to the legendary toughness and durability of washi with far less effort. It’s an impressive thing what this substance called Konnyaku (Devil’s Tongue Root) can do to strengthen paper. (It’s also impressive that it is one of the side dishes that are served in traditional Japanese cuisine!)
       Learn how to use it with and be able to change ordinarily tough washi into extraordinarily tough washi—actually more like cloth—that can be used in bookbinding and to make wallets, pillows, hats, clothing or other creative applications where you need a super strong paper.

Techniques learned: Properties of Konnyaku, achieving maximum penetration into the paper, how to add further strength by crumpling, using Konnyaku as sizing in preparation for dyeing and other wet techniques.

Blue on Blue: Cyanotype Images on WashiADD TO CART
Tanha Gomes
Thursday February 01, 2018

Turn back the hands of time and discover exciting contemporary applications for a venerable photographic printing process that produces cyan-blue prints when exposed to sunlight. Originally, this technique was used as an affordable way of copying notes and diagrams in the 1800s, and is also known as a “blueprint” (more familiar in reproducing architectural drawings) but today it is used by artists world-wide for its nostalgic and delicate qualities while producing sharp and faithful images. During this workshop, you will explore how to use this photosensitive solution on washi in order to make images from digital negatives, existing photos and other everyday objects, giving you an entirely new range of images to work with.

Cardmaking: The Intimate Art Form ADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday February 08, 2018

Giving and receiving cards continues to give us pleasure. But making a card yourself can give us even more—and open up a world of possibilities yet hidden from us. One of the most popular parts of Au Papier japonais is our card display and Liesbeth is an important contributor to it.
       She will show you how cardmaking can be a potent medium of self-expression where inner creativity finds outer form—“a miniature art form”. You will fully exploit the beauty of washi’s multi-coloured, textured or patterned surfaces to match, compose and create cards, starting from models to demonstrate basic skills and possibilities—especially designed to reveal many of washi’s hidden dimensions and much to you about yourself.

Techniques learned: Tapping your creative impulse, basic design concepts of theme, colour, composition, tool use, folding, measuring, cutting and pasting.

Relief Surfaces with Paste Papers ADD TO CART
Renée Levesque
Thursday February 15, 2018

Give surfaces and extra dimension with this popular creative technique. With it, you can produce surfaces that are not only richly multi-coloured and variegated, but have sculptural qualities as well! Renée explores with you the time-honoured method of mixing paste made from corn-starch with acrylic paint. The striking sheets that result can be used for end-papers, collage elements, cards, wrapping paper, even wallpaper. You’ll use a variety of techniques to create traditional and contemporary designs, and even make your own tools.

3-Dimensional Paperworks: Origami Tesselations ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday February 22, 2018

Tesselation sounds like a nervous disorder that leaves you trembling! You might be, but only with excitement—as you transform a single sheet of paper is into the most elaborate and intricate three dimensional surfaces. They resemble in some ways the patterns found in mosaic tiles from which the root “tessellate” is taken. Prepare to be amazed, and to be patient: much folding and unfolding is involved, but the final result entirely justifies the effort. And while it’s amazing enough on one side, it’s even more so when you turn it over and see the optical illusion of separate bands appearing to be woven together.
       Those who make origami already can advance their skills, but artists can find in this technique a new element for their work, or cardmakers another means of creating 3-D effects.

Techniques learned: Students will learn about pre-creasing grids, pleat intersections and twists.

Taking Flight: Origami Crane Mobiles ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday March 15, 2018

The crane in Japanese culture is a symbol for every good wish you can imagine—good health, long life, success, happiness, etc., so it’s no wonder they are given so freely and are one of the first things you make when you learn Origami.
       And what could be better than a flock of cranes flying gracefully together in your home wishing you these good things?
       This is actually a two for one course, as students will learn basic Origami folding techniques (and therefore, it’s suitable for beginners) as well as the fundamentals of design, balance and suspension that go into making a mobile

Techniques learned: Review of basic principles of Origami, folding various forms using different Japanese papers; working out the balance, weight and clearance challenges involved with mobile making.

One of a Kind: Gelatin-based Monoprinting ADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday April 07, 2018

Monoprinting is thought of as the most painterly of all printing processes and the result is described as a “printed painting”. Hence its popularity with artists as a further means of creative expression, but also less complicated entrance into the world of printmaking in general.
       Rather than making multiple prints of the same image as in lithography, etching, woodblock printing, etc., the impression made from the plate is one of a kind. Subsequent prints can be made from the same plate, but no two impressions will ever be exactly the same.
       While there are several ways of making the plate from which the print is taken, this course offers the easiest technique using a gelatin-based medium. Plates are prepared in advance, leaving more time for experimentation, but full instructions are provided so you can prepare them yourself at home afterwards and continue to pursue this intimate means of making art, with non toxic water-based colours and other easily obtainable materials.

Knife as Pen: Cut-Paper ImagesADD TO CART
Danielle Shatz
Thursday April 19, 2018

For lovers of drawing with pen and ink, an altogether satisfying and surprising alternative—that creates high contrast visual effects in black and white. Sometimes thought of as simply a part of the process of making stencils, cut paper is an artform in itself with a long history of producing works of beauty, delicacy and visual power.
       Danielle, an enthusiastic paper cutter herself, will show you how to create striking designs and art works from this time-honoured practice while simultaneously strengthening your compositional sensitivity in perceiving positive and negative spaces. Participants will create their own templates using both flat and folded paper cutting techniques or may experiment with creating works from those provided.

The Altered BookADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday May 12, 2018

The Altered Book is a fascinating phenomenon where an unwanted existing book becomes a creative medium for self-expression and creativity—used much like a painter would use a canvas. Under Renée’s upbeat direction, you will use paint, collage, layering, sewing, copying, carving, and other techniques to create patterns, colours, images and visual elements onto pages that have been pasted together, thus transforming the original volume into a sculptural object that tells a new story and will alter your definition of a “book” forever!

FREE LECTURE: Of Acropodiums, Abutments and Aaron’s Rods: The Inner Life of the Inner City ADD TO CART
John MacLeod
Thursday May 17, 2018

Here, once again, we have that annual opportunity to see our city through the penetrating and perceptive eyes of our favourite Professor of Landscape Architecture, keen observer of Montreal life, and innumerable enthusiasms.
       How many of the features of the architecture around us do we pass by every day as we pursue our busy lives? For instance do we look up and appreciate the great lengths that many buildings have gone to to make interesting and often complex cornices that run along the top of them? John's'keen eye notices this and a great many other things, and that’s the most interesting part of spending an evening with him—seeing many of those things around us that we’ve missed, not to mention finding out what an “Aaron’s Rod” actually is!
       John’s always beautiful and meaningful photos will, along with his astute commentary, offer an evening of visual delights and thoughtful reflection.