The Japanese Paper Place and Propeller Art Gallery present
The Promise of Sekishu Washi
October 23 – November 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday October 26, 2–5 pm
Curator’s Talk & Meet the Artists: November 3, 2–5 pm
Apply to exhibit
Sekishu Washi (a traditional Japanese paper) has been produced by hand for over 1400 years on the west coast of Japan in what is now Shimane (formerly Sekishu) Prefecture. This labour- intensive tradition, using renewable 100% Japanese kozo bark, has been designated by UNESCO as an
Intangible Cultural Property and its continuity severely threatened for many reasons.
Though it may look fragile, Sekishu Washi is surprisingly versatile. Strong, translucent, absorbent, malleable and warm to the touch, the paper’s potential is endless. The same paper can be drawn on, painted with watercolour, gouache, acrylic or encaustic, dyed, layered, stitched or printed on both sides by any print media. The translucence of Sekishu Washi can be showcased by letting light pass through it and its malleability put to use by constructing a three dimensional form.
Artists are invited to exhibit their Sekishu Washi artwork at the Propeller Gallery. Whether you are well experienced with this wonderful and versatile paper or whether you just discovered it in The JPP workshop, we welcome your participation. Apply Now
Curator: Nancy Jacobi (Toronto Star article on Jacobi 06, '19)
Jurors: Naoko Matsubara, Cybèle Young, David Kaye
Organizers for Propeller: Michelle Letarte, Sharron Forrest and Dominique Prevost
Best in Show Award and Honourable Mentions (in kind certificates for paper at The JPP)
will be given by Jurors and presented at the Opening Reception on October 26.
People’s Choice Awards (2) (in kind certificates for paper at The JPP) – will be by ballot at Propeller Art Gallery
and presented to the selected artist and one voter at the Curator’s Talk & Meet the Artists on November 3.
Judging will be based on artist’s originality, technical excellence and evidence of their understanding of Sekishu’s unique characteristics.
Sekishu tsuru banshi paper, 21” x 29.25” (value $15.00), can be picked up from Propeller Gallery or The Japanese Paper Place until the submission date and at the price of $12.00.