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As part of the Mino Paper village programme, artists had to include lectures and short workshops as shown with these Mino school children. Everyone had the opportunity to make a book from scratch.

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Mino students shown folding down a section in the process of making a simple single section note book. The translator is to your left. On one observation, this Mino public school was immaculately clean. Students were assigned to clean and upkeep the washrooms.

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The children’s books drying at the studio before they were trimmed

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Hideki Haba, one of the host families looking at a book he proudly produced through my instruction, Mino, Japan.

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Malgorzata Niespodziewana making the covers for her book at the studio

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Yoshiko Shinohara being taught how to make a book. She made a small version of a multi-section and it was exhibited at the museum in Mino along with my other books. My stay with the Shinohara’s was one of the memorable moments in Japan particularly when I rode a bicycle through the main streets downtown, Kyoto, Japan

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Christina Lindeberg sewing sections together to a book which she made. A copy of it was given to me which included inserts of pencil rubbing taken off burnt structures found at Hiroshima bomb site from 1945, Japan

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Richard Bolai [Feinin]

I am a trained Bookbinder which in 2002, I went on a three month residency relating to Washi paper making. According to the Japan Foundation, the Mino Paper Village is considered one of the most sort after residencies offered in japan. This website is aimed to give an incite of it but also as an appreciation of the beauty of washi. The Mino Paper Project's focus is to export the craft of washi paper internationally, but also it learns from artists many other ways the paper may be used

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