Awagami begin our US trip with workshops in the Bay Area. Starting with Professor Julie Chens' Bookarts class at Mills College on March 9th where students were taught basic block printing techniques on Awagami washi papers. The students will later take advantage of washi's tactile surface and strength by using it for their future artist books constructions.
A 2-part workshop at UC Berkeley on March 11th featured a session of Chin Colle' printmaking using Awagami's famed 'Gampi' handmade paper. Following lunch-break, Professor Craig Nagasawa treated all to a unique demo showing how he paints with hand-ground pigments on structured washi paper panels. This was a wonderful day of art and washi and we would like to thank the many spirited artists who attended.