Updates + C.K. Wilde Exhibition

• Our store will be open this Sunday from 12pm -4pm, the first weekend to see our newest gift arrivals from Japan (washi tape, journals, memo pads, silk paper letterpads, decorative gift wrap, wax paper, and more)

• We are working furiously on deadline for our 2011 catalogue which we are featuring more detailed information on all our paper. This means requesting new information from all the papermakers. Many have stayed the same, some have new weights and materials, and a few were surprises such as  Gampi Silk Tissue being made of 95% Japanese Gampi 5% SP Pulp, instead of 100% Phillippine Gampi.

C.K. Wilde Exhibition at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery : Sojourn

Our bookbinding class this year was taught by artist C.K. Wilde, who is having his second exhibition at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery here in Bergamot Station from November 20 – December 22, 2010. Another bookbinding workshop will hopefully be in the works for next year!

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Shikishi Workshop Recap & JACCC Shikishi Exhibition

We had a blast with our Shikishi Workshop this past Sunday. Everyone made their own unique shikishi, from text to collage to 3D.

We also encouraged everyone to submit to the JACCC 13th Annual Shikishi Exhibition:

Display Your Hatsu Dayori

According to the Japan Post group, over 2 billion letters were delivered on January 1, 2010. These Hatu Dayori, or “First Letters for the New Year” is the theme for this year’s theme for the 13th Annual Shikishi Exhibition on January 1 – February 27, 2011. The shikishi paperboards will interpret the theme, expressing messages, wishes, and aspirations for 2011, as well as references to the Year of the Rabbit, and the rich display of creativity and originality will become the collective voice of our diverse community.

Shikishi are Japanese congratulatory cards of standard size, which has been used in Japan since the twelfth century for painting and writing poetry. Today, these shikishi are given as gifts to make a memorable or special occasion. Past participants have included celebrities, local personalities, politicians, writers, artists, priests, activists, and writers.

All entries must be submitted by December 27, 2010 to:
c/o: The Power of Community Video Contest
244 S. San Pedro St., Suite 505
Los Angeles, CA. 90012

The use of standard size shikishi paperboard is the requirement for participation in the exhibit. There is also be a $10 suggested entry fee.
Shikishi can be purchased at local Japanese markets, or you can request one from the JACCC while supplies last.

For more information about the exhibition call Gavin Kelley at (213) 628-2725

Available Shikishi at Hiromi Paper:

Before the Shikishi making frenzy

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New Sunday Hours

Together with participating galleries at Bergamot Station, the Hiromi Paper retail store will be open every Sunday this year from 12 – 4pm. We will start it as a trial, so this may change.

This Sunday (November 14) we will definitely be open for our Shikishi Workshop 12-4pm so feel free to come by the store or reserve a remaining spot in the class.
(call us for more workshop information : 310 998 0098)

Istanbul Congress 2010 Part 2

Hiromi met with Ebru (marbling) artist Hikmet Barutçugil at Ebristan, the Istanbul Ebru House. Hikmet Ebru devoted himself to his passion, Ebru, and was recognized as the first artist to have discovered the new paper marbling technique known as “Barut Ebru”. At Ebristan, courses and seminars are offered to keep the traditional Turkish arts alive along with moving forward with new traditions. Hikmet demonstrated his skillful hand to Hiromi on our KH-17 Tosa Hanga in White sample (image below). You can look at the sample in person in our store as well.

View from the Ebristan

Shikishi Workshop

Date: Sunday, November 14th 2010
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Location: Hiromi Paper, Inc./Bergamot Station

Class: Create your own unique Shikishi Art Board.
Shikishi is a traditional Japanese art board. The word “shikishi” dates back to the Tale of Genji literature in the Heian period. It has been used for calligraphy, poetry, paintings, and more. Makes a one-of-a-kind present!

Teacher: Jay Lizo
Jay Lizo is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Lately his work is focused on culturally pointed text while maintaining a visually complex composition. Jay’s practice is open in scope and includes paintings, collages and wall installations, just to name a few. In 2008, Jay had a solo show at Sea/Space Gallery, L.A., CA titled Lovely Ladies. Recently he was included in For Fame and Love at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, and the Venice ArtWalk, Venice, CA.

Supplies included: 2 Shikishi Boards and a tatami mat frame(see images above), washi paper for collage, some backup art supplies
Class size limited to 12 students maximum.

Price: $60.00
Reserve your spot today by sending us your payment in-store, by phone, fax, or email.
No refunds if cancelled less than 2 weeks before workshop.


• For Labor Day we will be closed on Monday, September 6.

World of Washi Newsletters will be continued and mailed out this month, HPI members – please update your mailing addresses with us.

• Look out for a workshop this fall on decorating our shikishi boards (see image above) with artist Jay Lizo

Coptic Binding Workshop April 11, 2010

A few spots are left for our Coptic Binding Workshop with C.K. Wilde
(of Artichoke Yink Press and the Brooklyn Artists Alliance)

Date: Sunday April 11, 2010
Time: 12pm – 3pm

Location: Bergamot Station (Hiromi Paper) at 2525 Michigan Ave., G Building, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Class maximum: 12 participants

Price: $60.00
All paper is included, other materials needed are available for purchase on the day of with discount: Folding Bone, Curved Needle, Linen Thread, Bees Wax, Binders Board, Ruler, x-acto blade.

Experience with binding and/or paper handling a plus.

We will learn the oldest style codices binding in this three hour workshop. Examples of the binding will be on hand for study. This versatile and strong binding is perfect for many applications.

RSVP your spot today.

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