During two years of living in Japan, a fascination for paper making grew and was cemented with participation in the Handpaper making workshop at ‘Awagami Paper making Factory’ on Shikoku island. Drawing on the important cultural relationship between paper making and printmaking, this course is an introduction to Japanese paper making techniques with mulberry fibres alongside Western cotton rag paper making. Focusing on the different techniques adopted to make a sheet of washi using a bamboo suketa and a cotton rag sheet using a mould and deckle, these skills allow you to create elegant handmade papers to incorporate into a contemporary art practice.