Tōi / new project created for the Awagami - Artist in Residence Program 2020
20/10/2020 > 20/11/2020
About Awagami Washi and the Fujimori Family 6th generation, Minoru Fujimori took over the family business in 1945 determined to continue washi papermaking despite post-WWII difficulties. In 1970, Minoru-san was designated as an ‘Intangible Cultural Property of Tokushima’ in recognition of his skills. In 1976, Awagami washi was designated as a ‘Traditional Craft Industry’ and in 1986, Minoru Fujimori was further honored as Master Craftsman and awarded the ‘Sixth Class Order of Merit, Sacred Treasure’ by the Emperor. Currently his son, Yoichi and family continue the papermaking tradition as their ancestors did before them. In an effort to preserve the craft and pass washi papermaking onto the next generation, the family has established a network of international partners that offer Awagami papers to worldwide artists.
About Awagami Artists in Residence Program In the 30-plus years since it opened, the Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper has provided a place for over 100 artists, students, and educational facility individuals and groups from around Japan and the world with a place to research, create, and present their work. The Awagami Artist in Residence program is unique because it offers resident artists an opportunity use the Awa handmade paper manufacturing methods and techniques that have been passed down for generations in Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima. Resident artists also have access to facilities in the adjoining Awagami Print Lab (a print studio with equipment for inkjet printing, intaglio, lithography, and letterpress printing) and an indigo dying studio, enabling them to pursue a high level of creative work. The hall staff also provide support for the artists’ activities in the form of expert advice on all aspects of paper, assistance with production labor, access to related print resources and materials in the in-house library, and other, less tangible forms of support.