Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I think you all know that I am a paper-lover, I have quite a collection of all kinds of papers (vintage wallpapers, handmade papers, Japanese papers... I even brought a huge pile of Chinese newspapers from my hotel in New York and if I am not looking for vintage trims on the Flee market, I am lookin gfor cute cards or papers...)
Since some time I use Washi or Wagami (Japanese paper) in my designs.
I try to find an interesting detail in the paper : (a twig , a blossom, leaves...) to use in my designs.
(you can find them here in my shop.)
want to know a bit more about Washi?

Washi or Wagami (和紙?, literally, "harmony paper" or "serenity paper") is a type of paper made in Japan.

Washi is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, but also can be made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat.

Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner.

Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts. Origami, Shodo, and Ukiyo-e were all produced using washi. Washi was also used to make various everyday goods like clothes, household goods, and toys as well as vestments and ritual objects for Shinto priests and statues of Buddha.
It was even used to make wreaths that were given to winners in the 1998 Winter Paralympics.

Washi was developed from the traditional Chinese paper-making process.
find more about Washi on Wikipedia.
want to know a bit more about Japan?
go to Malene's blog, Malene just came home from a trip to Japan and has a lot to share!
(thanks Malene for featuring one of my designs in you blog!)