Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers Workshop

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Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers Workshop

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Contemplative Brush and Japanese Washi Papers Workshop

A two-day workshop with artist Heather Midori Yamada

Dates: Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th

Location: Blaine Harbor Center | 235 Marine Drive · Blaine WA 98230

Time: 10:00am — 3:00pm each day

Heather Midori Yamada dances with paper, color and brush strokes in an abstract world" as one columnist has written about her work. In this two day workshop, will help you calm your mind to free the body to make intuitive marks and strokes on absorbent washi, using acrylic paint, wax and inks including sumi.

"Contemplative Approaches to Spontaneous Brush and Japanese Washi Papers" All-Levels Workshop with Heather Midori Yamada

Each session will begin with short, guided meditations focusing on relaxation of the body and freedom of the breath. Demonstrations on brush handling and black and white exercises will be followed by color mixing, and creation of an individual harmonious palette. All of these will be expressed on various Japanese washi papers. Discover the transparency and resilience of this timeless material which can stand alone, or be collaged onto watercolor papers or canvas.

About Heather Midori Yamada

Heather Midori Yamada is a visual artist and teacher who works with Japanese washi papers in paintings, collage and installations. Having begun in Toronto's Open Studio during the 1980's Heather primarily used washi papers in monotypes. These works explored  natural plants as imagery and  actual plants imprinted. These washi, etched & embossed, monotype-print constructions were often marouflaged onto western paper supports. The work evolved into mixed media and collage paintings. 

In recent years Heather began to work with very large pieces of washi in hanging installations such as the 63' hanging piece shown at La Maison de  la Culture Mont Royal during Montreal's Asian Heritage month in 2004, and,  La Foret  installation in 2005 at Stewart Hall, Landscape East-West exhibition.  More recently in Intermingling Appearances, 2012, Heather showed three banner pieces, one suspended wall piece and two banners occupying the street view window of Galerie Espace in Montreal’s Mile End.

Heather has collaborated  with Sogetsu Ikebana Master Seibi Watanabe in an art show Washi and Ikebana installed at The Montreal Shambahla  Meditation Centre celebrating Watanabe's 50 year teaching career.  Heather teaches art and creativity, yoga and buddhist meditation in Montreal and Colorado.​​​​​
Heather continues her research of plant life and interior life in Ikebana Japanese flower arranging with her teacher Sensei Watanabe and in  watercolour and acrylics  on washi  papers and mixed media canvas.

Heather shares her time between her home in Victoria, BC, as well as Montréal, QC and Toronto, ON

Workshop Details

You will be provided with Japanese papers and some tools and supplies.

The workshop materials fee is $30.00 and can be paid at the time of registration or at the workshop.

Participants to bring:

  • clear spray bottle, tooth brush

  • 4-6 containers with lids for washes

  • aluminum foil- 6 pieces

  • liquid acrylics (bring if not using transparent watercolors)

  • 1 round brush 

Note: due to a fault in our website, you will be charged Washington State sales tax, if you live in the state, on the entire workshop + materials fee. Tax is only due on the materials fee and the balance will be refunded to you. I apologize for this inconvenience we are working to correct.

Workshops fees are refundable until one month prior to the workshop, and after that date are non-refundable — we understand things come and up and will make reasonable efforts to fill your spot.

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