Kanyain: Japanese Papers
Kanyain is a project of Tatsuya Mitani and Maribel Mas, collaborating together the last 15 years in a cultural interchange between artist from Barcelona and japan masters of Inshu Washi, a hand made papers of mitsumata, kouzo or ganpi fibers. The students and art professionals had the opportunity of printing on these high quality papers in different projects developed in Taller Esquina, in UAB University, Llotja Art School and Massana Art School, supported by the Aoya paper workshops of Hasegawa, Nishimura and Nakahara families.
Some of these works made on Washi papers had been presented in exhibitions at the Aoya Kyoudokan Museum, Molì Paperer de Capellades, Instituto Cervantes Tokyo or Centre de Artesania de Catalunya.
In 2010-1011, during the exhibition of japanese Ukiyo-e prints in the Picasso Museum, Tatsuya Mitani and Maribel Mas collaborated with
a course titled “Mokuhanga to Washi”, a printmaking workshop using cherry blocks on traditional japanese and european hand made papers. It was focused on the differences between east and west printmaking techniques, aspects like pigments, inks, paper fibers, tools and details of interest for a professional audience, mainly on the area of restoration departments from the main museums of Barcelona.
In the 2013 edition of the artist book fair Arts Libris, Tatsuya Mitani and Maribel Mas had organized a course of printmaking on Washi papers from Aoya. Prints on this papers were presented on the Taller Esquina stand.
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