19 Jan The Paper Shuffle – Part Five – The Oriental Connection
Are we allowed to use the word ‘ oriental ‘ any more? Probably not, if someone somewhere wants to make a fuss. But they are probably busy right now writing savage political memes for Facebook so I’ll just go ahead and use it.
The object under scrutiny is a packet of twenty sample papers from the Awagami Factory in Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku in Japan. About as oriental as you get…
The papers in this packet are referred to as washi – a style of paper making. It would appear that there are a number of trees and bushes, as well as rice, wheat, bamboo, or hemp, that can be called upon to contribute fibres to the process. This is reflected in the wild number of choices in this packet – choices that I am assuming can be duplicated when you order a specific paper in a specific size from the shop.
I noted at both Stirling Street and Murray Street that there are stocks in hand of those larger sizes.
Okay, some of these are things that might look like papers from western manufacturers – but some are exotically eastern. You must decide whether your images are such as will be enhanced by the textures. The sample packet gives you a chance to see, but it is one chance per surface – there are 20 sheets there. Fortunately they are identified with an indexed sticker on the back of each sheet to let you know what you are handling and which side to print on.
The unfortunate part of this is that you may have to download some exotic profiles, and you may have to exercise your imagination whilst doing so. Presumably you cannot actually break your computer or printer while doing this…
So here is the list. Be patient. There are 20 sheets in there. I’ll not comment on each one – just look at what their surface is doing and make up your own mind.