January 13, 2011

Shifu Workshop (closed)


July 25(Mon.) to July 28(Thu.) 10:00-16:00

Tuition Fee: 29,400yen
Materials Fee: 5,250yen
Capacity: 6-10 students
Held in Japanese and English
*This workshop is intended for experienced weavers (of at least one year).

Application Deadline: July 4(Mon.)

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In some parts of the world people call Japanese paper "Rice Paper" but actually there is no trace of rice or rice straw in Japanese "Washi". You probably have heard of "Washi" and know that it is the traditionally produced paper made from bast fiber in combination with the unique techniques that have been developed in Japan since the beginning of the 7th century but have you ever heard of "Shifu?"

Shifu is a woven cloth produced using paper yarn made from "Washi". In our workshop we will weave a table-runner using ramie (a plant of the nettle family native to tropical Asia, Boehmeria nivea, family Urticaceae.) as the warp and "Washi" paper yarn as the weft. The process of making the paper yarn from "Washi" will be the primary focus of this workshop. We will precut the "Washi" paper into thin strips, roll it into a kind of thick uniform bundle and then tear every other cut to create a single long strip. Finally we will spin this into a single long line somewhat smaller than yarn but larger than thread. Does this pique your interest?

Day 1 Lecture, cutting and rolling the washi, spinning
Day 2 Designing the shifu, warping, preparing the loom
Day 3 Weaving
Day 4 Weaving, finishing, critique

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Keiko Yoshida
In 1985 Keiko Yoshida completed the Advanced Textile Research Course at Seian Women's College in Kyoto Japan. After working for a period of time at HINAYA Inc., a traditional weaving company in Kyoto, she became a studio weaving artist. While researching paper weaving she learned how to make washi paper yarn from Ms. Takiyo Hattori and Ms. Hiroko Karuno. Currently she is producing handwoven textiles and is an Adjunct Instructor at Nagoya University of Arts and Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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To apply, please contact us using our inquiry form or by email (kts(at)kawashima-textile-school.jp), and we will send you the application form. Please fill it in and send it back to us by July 4(Mon.)

Please let us know if you would like to stay at our dormitory during the course.

Please do not cancel. We may charge you a cancellation service fee.