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Japanese Traditional Washi Making Workshops

Japanese Traditional Washi
3 Special Days of Japanese Traditional Washi Making Workshops

An ICJC and YIS Arts Department Special Collaboration

Day 1: Thursday, March 30, 2017
8:30AM – 3:00PM
Grade 4 YIS students

Day 2: Friday, March 31, 2017
8:30AM – 3:00PM
Grade 3 YIS students

Workshop Details: As part of a special grant received from the YIS PTSA to support visiting artists to work with YIS students, Richard will spend two full days with Grades 3 and 4 with a hands-on workshop making Japanese washi paper.

Day 3: Saturday, April 1, 2017
General Public
Location: ICJC
Workshop Details: In this special lecture/workshop for the community, Mr. Flavin will talk about his initial attraction to hand papermaking and the decision to move to Ogawamachi in Saitama where he could experience living and working in rural Japan. Participants will also have a hands-on workshop learning how to make Japanese washi using traditional tools.
Fee: 4,000円 per person all-inclusive
Advance registration required by Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
To register: Email: or Phone: 045.263.8009
Limit: 20 people
Richard Flavin is a native of Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated from the Art Institute of Boston. His main focus was on graphic design, but he also developed a deep interest in printmaking and Japanese art. A short visit to Japan inspired him to pursue Japanese woodblock printmaking and eventually he attended Tokyo University of Fine Arts from 1972 till 1974. The study of wood block printmaking and the close relation with high quality handmade paper led to his interest in the hand papermaking process. In 1976, he and his wife moved to the traditional handmade papermaking town of Ogawamachi, Saitama. From 1976 until 2005, he lived as the caretaker at Jionji Rinzai Zen temple where he established Jionji Press as a studio and workshop for paper making, block printing and paper related art.
Earlier Event: March 11
Spring 2017 Holidays