Finally, I was able to create Washi that is as transparent as glass.
Hello, my name is Hiroya Nakamura.
Today, I'm going to write plainly, honestly, and straightforwardly about my newly created work, Washi Glass.
Washi glass, is not glass. It's not glass, it's not fiberglass. It is real Washi. It's different from the common washi-style glass, which is made of glass or acrylic with washi sandwiched in between.
I think that the beauty and beauty of the technique is good, but more important is whether it is interesting or not, whether it thrills the heart or not.
Hopefully, when people see my work, I don't want it to end with a single word: "It's beautiful.
That's why I'm training every day to be like a three-year-old child who sees everything with a sparkle, and to have the capacity to enjoy anything.
Though I say such things in a great manner, I have been unable to produce any work today.
Let's return to washi glass.
I don't know how long it's been, but I've always thought that it would be interesting to make Washi with a transparency like that of glass.
As I recall, Washi (but not only Washi) becomes transparent when wet, but returns to the color of the paper when dry. I wondered why this was. It's not that the paper itself is transparent, but just by getting wet, why? Why? Why? I wondered.
I thought, "Well, if I could keep it wet, would it be transparent all the time?
I got dirty a lot.
Finally, I completed something that I could say to myself, "I did it!
I don't know how many months it took, but I managed to express the ideal transparency. It looks and feels like 100% natural handmade Washi.
So far, 100% of the people who see it are surprised that it is much more transparent than it looks in the pictures.
I create a sense of transparency by processing the washi itself.
Each piece of handmade washi is a single sheet, but I made about 5 meters by splicing 7 sheets. The splicing part was done by myself with an amateur touch.
Originally, the technique for making a clean seam was called "kuisaki" [kuiraki is the tearing of Washi by moistening it with water without cutting it with a blade, as if it were torn. The fibers in the torn area are carefully overlapped to make the thickness equal to that of the rest of the paper, so that the seam is not noticeable. This is one of the techniques of surface dressing that skillfully utilizes the long fibers of washi. by Washi Culture Dictionary] I aimed to create an unfinished beauty full of human touch that is created not by excellent craftsmanship or uniform cleanliness like industrial products, but only by the hands of people who want to create.
Everything is made by hand, and I consider the rough seams and wrinkles that appear during the process as part of the flavor.
The indescribable expression is created because of the individuality that is not perfect. I feel that the gentleness of handmade washi lies at the root of this.
Washi's unique transparency and texture.
Of course, it can also be used as paper and can be wiped with water.
From here on, it's up to you to come up with your own ideas. You can decorate it like a work of art, or you can use it in a small space.
Now, I wonder what I should do.... I'm not sure.
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