Big in Japan

This work is about materiality – honouring the beautiful paper that I work with. In this series I am using papers that friend of mine brought back from Tokyo for me. Washi papers. Tesuki washi (handmade Japanese paper) was invented in 105 AD by a Chinese official named Cai Lun, and introduced to Japan in 610 AD by Doncho, a Buddhist monk from Korea. The name Sekishu comes from the Sekishu region (present-day Iwami), where the paper was first produced, where from then on the art of handmade washi has been maintained and preserved within the area.