From Japan: Hiroya Yamashita from Yamaji Paper mill in Fukui

In our quest for the most color fast kozo paper, Hiromi Paper has collaborated with Echizen papermaker, Hiroya Yamashita, to create the Hiroya color series. Here are some questions we had for Hiroya about the new color series:
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Paper profile: Weight, Size, Material, Sizing, and Cooked with?
50% Kozo, 35% Pulp, 15% Manila Hemp
67 gsm
With sizing
Cooked with caustic soda

How did you get into papermaking?
I started papermaking about 13 years ago, when I was 23 years old. The mill is my family business, so it was a smooth transition into the world of papermaking.

Can you tell us the process of developing this paper?
The base of Hiroya Paper is a handmade paper that we had originally been making at the mill, with a mixture of local-grown kozo, pulp and Manila hemp. I felt that it was important to use as much local ingredients as possible, since I knew this paper was going to be used internationally.

What do you find yourself doing when not making paper?
I love cycling, playing golf, and of course eating myself full of sushi!

Please leave a few words for our readers if you have any:
I’m always open for new suggestions or opinions on what kind of papers overseas customers want! Please let us papermakers know, and we will try our best to fulfill those requests!

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How were the colors of Hiroya Paper developed?
In order to achieve better, long-lasting colors, I outsourced to a different company for their assistance to dye the papers after the papers were formed.
 
What is the significance of the coloring?
The pigments used are what were traditionally used to dye kimono textiles, and are much less likely to fade over time.

How are the colors applied to the papers?
The colors are screen-printed onto the papers, all by hand.

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Celebrate Hiromi Paper’s 25th Anniversary with Us!

Date: September 28th, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 6.30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hiromi Paper, Bergamot Station.
2525 Michigan Ave, Suite G-9
Santa Monica, CA 90404

25 years ago Hiromi Paper opened to serve a connection between Japanese paper-makers and artists around the world. This year we will be celebrating our quarter century anniversary and we would love to have you join in on our festivities! An evening reception will take place right at Bergamot Station, where our retail store is located. We will also be joined by paper-makers from Kochi and Fukui, Japan. Stop by for some drinks, grub, and to mingle with fellow paper/art lovers and makers! There will also be a special 25% discount off all items in-store on the day of the reception party.

Please RSVP by calling or emailing.

Apron

Check out our new aprons, which we will be selling for $15.00! Contact us for more information.

The Dog Days of Summer Sale


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Join us Friday August 5-6 at the Bergamot Station Courtyard for the Dog Days of Summer Sale!

Look out for our booth or come into the store for more information.

Featuring promotional markdowns on new paper, stationery, books, and more.

2525 Michigan Ave.Bergamot Station Unit G-9 Santa Monica, CA 90404
tel: 310-998-0098

Kite Making Kits

This afternoon we had the opportunity to try out one of our new kite making kits! These kits include already marked paper, sticks (spars), and string. All that is needed is some medium to apply our creativity onto the face of the kite.

Smaller Kite Kits now sold online here

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Japanese Stationery with Style

New stationery from Japan now available in store. They are limited stock, and some may be a one time order, contact us for more information.

Assortment of notebooks include hand woodblock printed hardback books, “staircase” books with built-in tabs..

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Curmudgeon Cards

Elisa Goodman, the maker of the curmudgeon cards, has just dropped off some amazing cards for our store using the vegetable papyrus‘. We always get numerous questions regarding what to do with the fruit and vegetable papyrus. Here are some wonderful example to get inspiration from.

This card is done with the carrot unpeeled papyrus layered over the Yucatan color paper.

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