World of Washi

As announced on the hiromipaper frontpage:

The upcoming World of Washi Spring Newsletter will be our last printed edition. Newsletters after that will be available on only, and we will notify updates through email. Therefore, please contact us with your e-mail addresses if we do not already have them.

You can send us your name and e-mail address to washi @ hiromipaper .com
call us at 1-866 HP WASHI(1-866-479-2744) or 310-998-0098,
or use the sign up sheet in our store. Thank you!

We have just finished proofing the spring issue coming up and that should be mailed out by the end of the month. As stated, it will be the last printed newsletter indefinitely.  Past articles be found on the website, but we are also planning to post the articles and updates from future World of Washi issues here, on our blog! Starting next week, I will post parts of the spring issue daily, even before it is mailed out.

Otherwise, I am off to Boston for some personal time until Tuesday, see you next week!

CAA 2009

Back in Los Angeles after ten years, the College Art Association 97th Annual Conference (CAA) took place at the LA convention center. It was also our return to the CAA Book and Trade Fair as a vendor in 10 years! The CAA annual conference is the “world’s largest international forum for professionals in the visual arts”. Taking place in our own hometown meant that we were able to bring more supplies and allow every staff member to join in and experience the conference. So, we took turns exhibiting in pairs each of the 3 days met many new faces, as well as some old acquaintances that attended. Not only did we meet people at the conference, but many attendants also made their way to our store in Santa Monica, so thank you to those who dropped by!

On Wednesday, February 25th, Hiromi, Frank, and I (Yona) headed off to downtown in the morning with supplies, display boards, and products for the setup. The LA Convention center is quite large, but it was not so difficult to find our way around. We registered and made our way to our booth when we realized in horror that we did not have any tables or chairs! Turns out they came as “extras”, so we ordered them right away and waited until they were delivered to our station so that we could setup.

Thursday, Felicia and Jennifer started off the opening day and manned the booth from 9am-6pm!

People were happy to see us exhibiting at CAA this year along with the
publishers of fine art books and other suppliers of art making materials.
Hiromi occupies a unique place on the West Coast as a primary import agent
of Washi and often people who have recently visited Japan say they had not
seen a business such as hers. -Felicia

Then, on Friday, Sachi and I took our place. Closing day on Saturday, Hiromi and Frank took their turn at the booth.

It was a wonderful experience! – Frank

CAA 2009

Sachi  at the HPI booth

This time, we brought newly printed samples on our inkjet paper from Japan and Kristina Simonsen. We also made a display of recommended art paper along with our Gampi collection. Samples of our latest paper creation “Toyo” came in just in time, so we passed them along in hopes of getting feedback for our store. We also got in some Asuka samples to pass out, along with selected paper (like paperwood and Yucatan), sample books, and catalogues to sell. As with our usual conference policy, catalogues are discounted at $2.00 and attendants enjoy free shipping if ordered at the booth!

From my experience at CAA, we met a wide range of people at the fair. From teachers and professors, to printmakers, to art students, and even some people I had met at Codex! Like Hiromi’s good friend Harry Reese of Turkey Press in Santa Barbara, who is a CAA committee member, and Archana Horsting, co-founder and executive director of Kala Art Institute.

Now, we are preparing for the SGC in Chicago next week, we are on a roll!

Codex 2009

Very early Sunday morning of February 8th, HPI staff members Jennifer and I (Yona), headed out from southern California to Berkeley for the second ever Codex Symposium as a vendor at the Bookfair that went on from Feb. 8-11th. This was a first for HPI as well as a first for Jennifer and I being on our own, so we had to prepare for the unknown. What we did know was that it would be a gathering of fine book artists, printmakers, curators, collectors, and more. We were not only right, but was also overwhelmed by the number of book art vendors and their works. There was too much to see in one room! Perhaps luckily for us, our booth was situated outside of the main room with other suppliers. We were able to enter the larger room of exhibits on our breaks and join the crowds.

codex booth 2009

Our booth itself was covered with our paper (Yucatan, Katazome, Gampi Torinoko, Mohachi, Anna Amalia, and Brazilian Banana), all of our sample books, our latest catalogue, inkjet/digital samplers, and Orihon. Behind us loomed our display board with cut out samples of Gampi, Kozo, Berlin Tissue, and more, which people were free to walk up to feel. I would say our booth was like a peek into our store in Bergamot!

Despite being new at Codex, we felt very welcomed by the other exhibitors, several being acquaintances of Hiromi and our paper. We were delighted each time someone would stop by to show us our paper in their beautiful books, and we learned alot from that experience. To top it off, Jennifer and I were able to spend the mornings visiting various studios and get a first hand look into their world and how our paper is used.

magnolia editions codex 2009

Pictured above is Jennifer and David Kimball of Magnolia Editions next to one of their newest printers, which can print on just about anything! Next, we visited the Zukor Art Conservation studio, receiving a look into the world of conservation. The place was also very tidy and bright, we loved it there. Kala Art Institute was another must-see in Berkeley, we learned quite a bit touring the different workstations and the gallery. One of our guides Kazuko showed us some of her etchings as well as the Aya rolls we sent her, I hope to see more of her work in the future! Next, we visited Paulson Press and were very fortunate to catch them in the process of etching. It sure looks like a fun job! 🙂 Last, but certainly not least, we visited Hiromi’s good friends Miyuki of Miki’s Paper and fellow Codex exhibitor John DeMerritt who showed us the binding of our Gampi paper to the spine of their latest book project, which needless to say was very neat to see.

So, we had a lovely, though short, time at Berkeley in our booth at Codex as well as out in the city, visiting studios and HPI friends.

Plant Printing Workshop

Yesterday, March 15, was our Plant Printing Workshop. It was a full 4 hour class hosted by Eric Hochberg, co-founder of the Nature Printing Society, and located right in front of the Hiromi Paper store. The class started off with an introduction of the HPI helpers; myself (Yona), Sachi, and our newest addition, Jerry. Then, Eric began with a brief background on nature printing and it’s ties with biology and medicinal purposes. He went on to demonstrate printing  leaves on newsprint and the class was off to do their first prints.

Plant Printing Workshop

After the first round, Eric demonstrated the more complicated process of cutting the leaves and stems apart and combining them on sumi-e paper by printing them individually. The class tried it out and moved on to print on paper from HPI; Sekishu Tsuru, Hosho White, Harukaze, Toyo, colored Unryu, and Bhutan Mitsumata Natural. Sachi and I had some fun printing our own works as well:

Nature Workshop - Yona

Before we knew it, the workshop was over and it was time to go! Hopefully, we will be able to do another plant printing workshop in the future.

*Product Spotlight*
Specially for the class, Eric recommended the recently published “Creating Art From Nature: How to Handprint Botanicals” by John Doughty & Sonja Larsen. With plenty of illustrations and guides, the book teaches how to make easy, amazingly detailed images of plants by applying inks and paints to plants and pressing them onto various surfaces.

SGC 2009 in Chicago

Hiromi Paper, Inc. will be attending the Southern Graphics Council Conference (SGC) in Chicago from March 27 – 28th, 2009!

Come by our booth on the 8th floor of the Hilton Hotel (720 S. Michigan Ave.), Northwest Hall, Lower Level, booths # 3B & 4B.

Hiromi and Felicia will represent us there,  along with displays of our paper, sample books, catalogs, newest products, and more!