Elaine will present a fascinating introduction to the Japanese art of treating and processing paper. She will demonstrate the ancient paper art of ‘Itajimeshi’ using pigment dyes and painting with paper ‘Chigirie’, torn paper collage.
We will learn about the history and traditions of Japanese papermaking and paper craft and everyone will have a chance to make a piece of decorative paper.
Elaine Cooper is a leading expert on washi (Japanese handmade paper) and a unique exponent of its innovative use in art and design. Elaine served a 10-year apprenticeship in Honshu where she was taught the ancient techniques of papermaking by renowned Japanese Masters. She then spent many more years developing her own exquisite papers that provide the perfect medium for her fine artwork. Her creations have an amazing resonance, beauty and depth, and her prints and paintings on multi-layered ‘stained-glass’ papers are extraordinary. Other works are formed from hundreds of layers of silk paper where image, texture and tone combine in perfect harmony. Elaine divides her time between the UK and Japan and does much to promote papermaking on a national and international level. She was awarded a Commendation by the Japanese Ambassador in 2002 for her contribution to Anglo-Japanese relations. Elaine also produces lighting and architectural installations and supplies specialist papers to artists, interior designers and the fashion industry.