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Introduction to Japanese Paper Dye and Sumi-nagashi Workshop

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

- $25.00
Learn traditional paper decoration in Japan: shibori and marbling

Class Description

** The dye technique requires a sink (to drain Sumi-ink) and plastic containers.

This class introduces students to the basic process of traditional paper decoration by shibori and marbling by Sumi-ink. The paper decoration has been a traditional craft in Japan for calligraphy works, such as the tale of Genji, since the 8th century.

The new series of these workshops in the beginning of 2021 will go deeper into the paper decoration and broken-ceramic decoration. For this workshop, students will be introduced to the basic decoration technique by shibori and marbling prior to those advanced workshops.

In this introductory class, participants will use a shodo/Japanese calligraphy papers to dye and marbling by Sumi-ink using a small plastic container. The workshop will also include a presentation.

Materials Needed

*Please note that each student will need to purchase their own materials and have them for the workshop.

Recommended art materials for participants (if the student has some of these items, they don’t need to buy)

  • Sumi-ink ($5.33)
  • Japanese calligraphy papers ($12.32)
  • small plastic container x 1 (Example)
  • 2-3 brushes (dry, not wet)
  • toothpick or wooden skewers x 3
  • plastic sheet or tabletop/floor that can place wet sumi-decorated papers, small (bigger than 4″x4″)
  • card stocks or thin woods to bind ink-wet folded papers x 4

About the Instructor

Mami Takahashi is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist and a scholar based in Portland and Tokyo. She received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University in 2013 and earned a BFA in Japanese Painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan. For more details, visit https://mamitakahashi.art/


Japanese Culture Center
1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States


Japanese Culture Center
1016 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657 United States