Geoff Mitchell

Blue Leaves. 26″x20″. 2010

Geoff Mitchell is represented by the Bill Lowe Gallery of Atlanta. He teaches a Mixed Media class at the Brentwood Art Center (scroll down for more information). Our Gampi Silk Tissue is used for the image transfer, and the transfers are done within the context of his acrylic painting.

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Outside the Box: Edition Jacob Samuel

At Hammer Museum until August 29th


Features 43 portfolios of limited-editions prints by more than 40 prominent international artists  who worked with master printer Jacob Samuel.
Some of us HPI staff members were able to join the exhibition walk-through with Jacob Samuel on the 19th, and it was amazing listening to Jacob speak on the technical aspects. It was a journey of collaborating with the artists that he chose and developing ways of making the centuries old etching process work with modern artists (some of who have never etched before).

For those curious on the different applications of Japanese Gampi paper (and other paper such as waxed Masa and Rives), the exhibition features many of our papers. They range from Surface Gampi to Natural Gampi to special ordered Shikibu Gampi, and more.

View the editions here.

HPI Updates

HPI CATALOGUE 2010

2010 Hiromi Paper Catalogues are now available. HPI Members can make your free copy request.

Isamu Noguchi Photo Essay

Thanks to your support of the Noguchi Museum, we have sold out on our first batch of the Isamu Noguchi Photo Essay and expect our next shipment to come in early March. Stock will be limited again so feel free to reserve your copy before they arrive.

New Items

KH-61 Kozo #8 White
Akatosashi
KM-01 Shikoku Natural Washi Pads
Bhutan, Nepal, Yucatan, Khadi Sample Book
Color Gampi Sample Pack
Gampi Sample Pack
Bhutan Trongsa Large size thick/thin
IJ-Kiku Catalogue cover lettersize/square
Kizuki Hosho (now regularly in stock)
Hemp Dry Bark
Hahnemuhle Bamboo Photo Rag Paper Pack
IJ-Asuka in 150 g/m2
Korean Pictograph Square

Discontinued Items

Check out our discontinued items in our sale section!

Upcoming Conference

We will be attending the Southern Graphics Council conference in Philadelphia March 26-27 (at the vendor fair).
More SGC information can be found here.


Kyoko Ibe Presentation

On Monday November 16th, Kyoko Ibe presented her lecture, slideshow, and art at the UCLA faculty center. She was very happy with the event, and since I was able to go, the following is a summary I have made.

Kyoko Ibe has worked with paper fiber media for over 30 years and has been touring many different countries, now working on projects under sponsorship of Japan’s Agency of Cultural Affairs. For her exhibitions here in the states, Kyoko created pieces using over 100 year old Gampi papers for the sheet formation and 200 year old handwritten manuscripts and documents for the Gampi base. She used all natural Sumi, calligraphy black-ink, and mica particles. In the past, washi was very precious and not to be wasted. Not only were both sides to be used, but the whole sheet would be recycled as layering materials in constructing traditional sliding doors (fusuma) and folding screens. As an export, used washi with woodblock prints would be packed as wrapping paper for Japanese ceramics and art. Artists and connoisseurs in the 19th century Europe took notice of it, many collecting and taking inspiration from the washi. The largest collection of washi is in the German National Library in Leipzig, donated by Frantz Von Batz. Kyoko traveled to this national library in the nineties to view a particular washi collection documented by a British scholar, and found to her surprise that it had been kept hidden and forgotten in the corner all this time. She began research with Germany, discovering the world’s largest collection. Working with such matured washi was an experience that would become a turning point for Kyoko’s work.

An interesting part of washi’s history was that people in the past favored the recycled washi over newly made washi, valuing the traces of ink that lingered and the harmony it created. With this knowledge, Kyoko’s work was born. Using old washi documents and gampi, Kyoko invented methods to create her washi art pieces in such a vibrant and active way, different from traditional washi papermaking. At the end of the presentation, we were able to view her art pieces, and some of the 100/200 year old materials used (as shown to the left).

During her visit here, Kyoko brought us her designed handmade washi jewelry and accessories available in Japan. You can come see and purchase them in our store.


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Related books available for purchase:

On the Washi Works of Kyoko Ibe

Washi in the 19th Century (cataloging the washi collection from Leipzig)

Gampi Natural Sheet Undergoes Treatment

An experiment we did on a Gampi Natural Sheet.

before ironing
before ironing
after ironing
after ironing

Next time don’t fret if you accidently create a wrinkle or disturbance in your paper. Ironing has proven to help clear out the slight damages and restore the paper! (thickness of the paper should also be taken into consideration)