What associations does hand-made paper evoke today? The craft of Sekishu Washi is carried on by only three remaining workshops in the region of Shimane. Used for centuries in Japanese architecture and popular craft items, washi paper is strongly rooted in traditional applications.
But what happens when this special material is placed in contemporary or industrial contexts?
What new potentials are then revealed? Inspired by its high endurance, strength, and sustainable production method, the Washi Exploratory investigates the (im)material qualities of washi.
In the shape of an interactive paper installation, different treatments of Sekishu Washi are displayed that communicate the paper’s unique properties and reflect on new perceptions of washi. Using a handheld washi light, visitors are invited to illuminate and freely explore the many facets and possibilities with this paper.
Creation 2022 Exhibited at MONO Japan fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Collaboration with Satomi Minoshima and studio Cream on Chrome
Collaboration with So Kubota and Masaru Nishita.
This project is supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan.