Today’s method is courtesy of Yukari Hayashida, who has been busy in the CBA bindery getting ready for her upcoming class at Penland later this month.
This past Saturday, she was making decorative papers for books, using a dying technique called orizome.
Using pieces of washi– Japanese paper made from mulberry fiber, or sometimes from gampi or mitsumata fiber, known for being very strong, especially when wet- she’s folding the paper in geometric patterns. The folded paper is dipped into a dye pot, and the folds act as a resist. The dye travels fairly easily through the Japanese paper, until it meets a fold, where it stops. When you unfold the paper, geometric patterns made by the dye emerge.
A simple way of starting would be to take a sheet, fold it in half. Place the fold in the paper away from you, and the open edge towards you. Take the open edge and bring it up to the first fold, and crease. Reverse this fold, and bring the folded edge up to meet the first fold you made.
Keep on going in this way, folding and reversing, halving each half you create, on each side of the paper. You’ll eventually get something that looks like this:
At this point you start folding in the other direction. You’ll end up with this:
This is what you dip into the dye, which can be as simple as watered-down acrylic paint. Unfold your work, and voila:
There’s a million combinations and possibilities with this technique.
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