A demonstration of Japanese washi paper is planned Wednesday.

A demonstration of Japanese washi paper is planned Wednesday.

Northwind Book Arts hosts expert on Japanese paper

PORT TOWNSEND — Linda Marshall, the proprietor of Washi Arts, will conduct a hands-on demonstration of Japanese paper at the next Northwind Book Arts meeting Wednesday.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St.

Paper is fundamental to book arts, whether a component of printing, binding, sculpting or folding, organizers said, adding that traditional Japanese papers, known as washi, provide a range of possibilities beyond wood pulp and cotton.

Marshall will tell how washi is made, what makes it different from other papers and how to use washi in creative work. Participants will be able to feel the different weights available, see how natural dyes are used for tone and color, and discuss supplies and tools for using this special material.

Marshall is a creative designer with a background in corporate and nonprofit communications, strategy, design and marketing.

Washi Arts, located in Blaine, is a retail partner of The Japanese Paper Place, which houses the world’s largest selection of Japanese papers under one roof.

The Northwind Book Arts group is dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as art while preserving the traditional practices involved in the creation of books and providing a forum for exchange among fine printers, typographers, binders and artists in and around Port Townsend and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

For more information, call Ellie Mathews at 360-379-3660 or see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-north windbookgroup.

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