Au Papier Japonais
Francais May 19, 2019


FREE LECTURE: Insider’s Washi! Kozo’s Secrets ExposedADD TO CART
Stan Phillips & Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday October 04, 2018

After years of patiently explaining that “No it’s not called ‘rice paper’” Stan and Lorraine and staff at Au Papier japonais feel that almost everyone knows that beautiful Japanese handmade papers at the store are made from “kozo”. It’s the Japanese word for the wonderful fibre taken from the mulberry bush and at the heart of all washi (the other Japanese word almost everyone now knows, meaning “Japanese paper).
       Delve into this incomparable medium with its two owners in this wide ranging evening of exploration where they will bring a large selection from the over 800 papers at the store to pass around as they explain their qualities and traditional and modern uses as well as “tricks of the trade” for working with it.

The Shapes of Light: Washi Wireform Lampshades ADD TO CART
Stan Phillips
Saturday October 13, 2018 | Saturday February 09, 2019 | Saturday May 18, 2019

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 way for it to be more “you” than to make your own.
       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! $95

Techniques learned: Straightening galvanized steel wire; choosing strategies for minimizing number of elements; soldering, assembling into final form and covering with washi.

Visual Mobility: Organic Techniques for Image Transfer ADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Saturday October 20, 2018

One of the great features of our times for most of us is our ability to move from place to place easily and inexpensively. Another is our love of images and increasing ability to take them on our digital devices by the truckload. And we’ve discovered how much fun it is to play with them as well via Photoshop, etc. But does this mean that all the images we love on printed media must stay in one place for ever? No, because there’s a way to extract any printed image and incorporate it into a painting, drawing, collage, cover a journal or combine it with others.
       With inexpensive and ready-to-hand materials, you can 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.

Look-Alikes: Woodblock-style Prints with Speedy Block ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday October 25, 2018 | Thursday April 04, 2019

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.

Fabulous Folded Forms: The World of OrigamiADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday November 01, 2018 | Thursday May 09, 2019

For many of us, all we know about folding paper is when we open a newspaper or fold a letter in three and put it in an envelope. But, oh, how much more it can be!
       Using the simple valley and mountain folds, it can be made into a hippopotamus, a puppy dog, a crocodile, a butterfly or an orchid 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 Modular 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.

The Paper Pallete: Colouring Washi with Organic DyesADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday November 08, 2018

Why limit yourself to working with existing colours and shades chosen by others when you can create exactly what you imagine and need for your own particular and unique way of working?
       Not only can you get a specific colour if you want, but a delicious blending of many overlapping and intermingling colours using the most receptive and willing surfaces of washi.
       The results are 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.

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

Animated Cardmaking: The Pop-up ADD TO CART
Kate Battle
Thursday November 22, 2018

Ingenious, surprising, magical, these cards make everyone who opens one feel like a kid again! Under Kate’s direction, you’ll learn how to introduce the “third dimension” into your cardmaking by mastering a range of techniques that allow you to make cards that open up into detailed scenes from cityscapes to dinner parties; for holidays, birthdays or other special occasions.
       You’ll go home with a little catalogue of maquettes that will serve as patterns for future pop-up projects.
       After you see how you can make cards that turn, pivot or pop-up, going back to an ordinary two dimensional card may well leave you, uh, flat. . .

Knife as Pen: High Contrast Images Cut from Paper ADD TO CART
Danielle Shatz
Thursday November 29, 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.

Striking First Impressions: Beautiful Gift Presentation
with a Japanese Touch
Indra Singh
Thursday December 06, 2018

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.

In Depth Origami Tesselations ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Tuesday December 18, 2018

Life is something like the renowned Russian nested Easter eggs. We live in worlds within worlds within worlds. Even the world of Origami has worlds within it.
       Besides the familiar model Origami that makes animals, bird, flowers, etc., there is Modular Origami that makes geometric forms, and finally Tesselations that turn a flat sheet of paper into a multi-faceted geometric surface. Even tessellations has worlds within it.
       In this course Indra delves into the depths of “corrugated tessellations”. This kind of tessellation results in repeating-patterns with deep valley and mountain folds that actually “breathe”—articulating much like the action of an accordion.
       In some ways somewhat simpler than regular, flatter tessellations, this kind turns a sheet of paper into a true three dimensional “objet d’art”, suitable for mounting on a wall, as a table piece, to improve your Origami skills or to dazzle friends.

Analog Portraits: Relief Prints on Washi ADD TO CART
Alejandro Casazi
Saturday January 19, 2019

After we met Alejandro, we knew we had found a kindred spirit, someone who new how “to beat the system”! In the case of printmaking, “the system” is the requirement of a large, heavy press to make the impressions. However, in this course, thanks to Alejandro’s ingenuity and experience, none is needed.
       His Workshop provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of relief printmaking, focussing on low-fi relief printing, how to transfer digital images to wood-blocks, and how to print using other means than a press.
       The course will concentrate on generating a single matrix, worked in individual editions and a collective, large-scale print. No prior drawing or printing experience is necessary.

Flying Folds: Origami Crane Mobiles ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday January 24, 2019

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.

Blue on Blue: Cyanotype Images on WashiADD TO CART
Tanha Gomes
Thursday January 31, 2019 | Thursday May 02, 2019

A surprising success last year, as many of you recognized the creative possibilities in this 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.

Compact Creativity: The Art of Cardmaking ADD TO CART
Liesbeth Bos
Thursday February 07, 2019

In our digital age, it’s possible to think that the personal act of remembering someone with a thoughtful card would become extinct. But far from it, if evidence at Au Papier japonais is any indication. Our card selection—virtually all original designs made by ourselves—remains one of the most popular areas of the store, and Liesbeth’s cards are featured prominently there.
       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.

Konnyaku-tough: Making Japanese Paper even StrongerADD TO CART
Lorraine Pritchard
Thursday February 14, 2019

The question here is can you improve on perfection? Even though we think of washi’s legendary toughness and durability as just about perfect as it is, there are projects that need it to be even stronger, and it can be done.
       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.

Fierce Folding: Origami Tesselations ADD TO CART
Indra Singh
Thursday February 21, 2019

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 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.

One-off: Gelatin-based Monoprinting ADD TO CART
Renée Lévesque
Monday April 15, 2019

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.