Joseph Francis

Photographer and Designer Joseph Francis works in the visual effects industry in Hollywood. One of his best known early credits was supervising the computer animation for ‘Independence Day’. This weekend he shared with us a bodice he created from our various decorative papers. From the waist down, however, he designed and brought to life on his computer.

Truly enticing! Take a peek at some remarkable shots of his process and a more intimate view of the bodice.

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Rose-Lynn Fisher: Yonder Exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery

July 21st – September 1st, 2012
Reception: July 21st, 2012 4-6PM
Craig Krull Gallery : Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building B-3
Santa Monica, California 90404
Tel: (310) 828-6410 . Fax: (310) 828-7320 Hours
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00a.m. – 5:30p.m.
Saturday, 11a.m. – 5:30p.m.

The gallery will present an exhibition of Rose-Lynn Fisher’s recent aerial photographs entitled, Yonder. In her previous exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery, Fisher showed microscopic images of bees that, as she states, “altered my perception of scale and distance, and gave me a hint of the worlds within worlds that comprise our universe.” Her new aerial photos, made at 37,000 feet demonstrate how “a winding river with tributaries could just as well be a microscopic view of veins and capillaries.” The images are made in a very intimate scale of 4 x 6” on delicate, sheer Japanese Asuka paper (IJ Asuka).
Click here for more images from the exhibition.

Upcoming Workshops

Collage Workshop with Bruce Meade
Date: August 5, 2012 Sunday
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Hiromi Paper/ Bergamot Station
Price: $45.00

– Learn the basic techniques of Collage
– Taught by Bruce Meade, whose collages are in private collections in both the USA & Europe.
– Hands on and fun! Bring your own images or pick from a selection at the workshop

Reserve your spot today with payment. Full refund given only if cancelled more than 2 weeks before the workshop.

The LightRoom: Japanese Paper Workshop
Date: September 15, 2012 Saturday
Time: 10 am – Noon
Location: The LightRoom 2263 Fifth St. Berkeley CA 94710
Price: $50.00, 15 person limit

-See printed samples on a variety of Japanese papers (coated and uncoated for inkjet printing) and learn about the benefits and challenges of printing on these papers & how they differ from the popular European and American papers.
-What are the color characteristics, what kinds of pictures work best, what sizes are available?
-A bit of history of paper making in Japan and how the tradition of printmaking there was influenced by the papers.
-Bring your own digital files of photographs or other artwork for printing.

For more details, please contact Rob Reiter (510) 649-8111 at The LightRoom, reserve your spots now!

The LightRoom: Workshops in Printing on Japanese Papers

The LightRoom
2263 Fifth St. Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 649-8111  toll-free (888) 649-8111

Date: April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Location: The LightRoom Studio
Cost: $50.00

Registration via phone or email starting April 5th, first come first seved. Call or email the LightRoom after 9 a.m. Payment by check or credit card.

Second workshop scheduled for May 12th, with possibility of another one in the summer.

Printed samples on a variety of papers will be shown, including papers from Hiromi Paper. Discussion on benefits and challenges of printing on these papers, how they differ from European and American papers, and detailed printing subjects. With history of paper making in Japan and tradition.

For more information, click here.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

We create things inspired by joy, fun experiences and positive vibes. We create our art with our hands out of passion for the craft and expression. – Candy & Graham.

Look out for our paper in this exhibition with live acoustic performances by Graham and the Driftwood Caravan happening this Saturday at The OC Mart Mix! Come out to experience some awe-inspiring photographs from Graham Day and Candy Mako which are lacquered and wood backed. You can also take a look at their work on their etsy page. Hope to see everyone out there and best of luck Graham and Candy!

Bags of Bones by J.J. L’Heureux

Last week, I made a studio visit to see local artist J.J. L’Heureux, to catch up and see her recent works on our paper. She has recently been working on our KM-04 Surface Gampi Natural to recreate “paper bags” that she saw in Antarctica, a location that greatly inspires most of her beautiful work.

This series called “Bags of Bones” was inspired by actual paper bags that the artist saw in a whaling station in the Southern Ocean.

After recreating the actual “Bone Meal” bag, she made several of her own design of bags, all of which relates to animal cruelty or environmental damages. The red lining on the bottom represents blood, as J.J. states, and she sewed the bottoms one by one herself, making them look like actual paper bags.
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Lauren Henkin: Fine Art Photography & Book Artist

One of the most rewarding aspects of attending a show like Codex is being able to see the works done by the exhibitors. At the store, we get asked all the time “what do people do with this and that paper???” and our answers truly do not justify the creativity and posssibilities that artists come up with.

An example is Codex exhibitor Lauren Henkin’s beautiful book “Silence is an Orchard”. See full descriptions and images at her blog here.


Etched Bhutan Mitsumata covers the book, and her own photographs printed on Asuka Kozo paper inside.

New Paperwood in Stock

Our Paperwood Lettersize (8.5″x11″) is now also stocked in….


The great part about going to conferences is instant feedback and participating in discussions about your projects. We took in the issues with the paperwood being flexible enough for bookbinding, printing, and etc. and decided to stock the 1-ply paper backed wood as well.

Now available in store and online here

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