Japaneses artist Mikako Suzuki led a engaging hands-on workshop to 14 participants, including IUB art students and Bloomington community artists, at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday September 1st from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm. The workshop was translanted by Rowland Ricketts, who is a professor in Textile at IU School of Art, Architecture + Design, and who has spent years studying Japnese indigo techniques in Japan.
Surihaku is a Japanese art of gold foil painting. Eacho of the participants learned to create stencil designs and transfer the design to three Washi paper postcards susing gold foils. The Washi paper postcards were made in Japan in Professor Shibazaki’s paper making lab at Aichi University of Arts. Professor Shibazaki alse gave a talk on Washi paper during the second part of the workshop. The participant learned about the difference in the fibers that are used to make different types of Washi, Gampi, Mitsumata and Kozo.
The video below shows Mikako demonstrating how to apply the Nori, a type of Japanese ahesive to the stencil.
The video below shows Mikako demonstrating how to apply the gold foil to the stencil.