May 22 2013 Latest news:
By DAVID FREEZER
Friday, March 15, 2013
An exhibition is currently on show in Norwich city centre about washi – handmade Japanese paper.
The free exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm at The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). in St Georges Street, until Saturday, April 20.
It features Japanese handmade paper from the 19th century Parkes Collection, from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, and from the Washi: The Soul of Japanese collection of contemporary washi.
The paper has held a central role in the domestic, spiritual and cultural life of Japan for 1,500 years, ranging from white sheets so thin you can read through them, to a three-layer confection including gold powder, mica and rayon fibres.
Tomorrow, NUA is hosting a one-day conference bringing together expert speakers about all aspects of washi from all over the world, including Dr Mark Nesbitt from the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Tickets for the conference are £35, to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
As the gates to the Royal Hospital Gardens at Chelsea opened to the world’s media yesterday, with a frenzy of activity as photographers and camera crews vied for the best vantage points, there was also a very palpable sense of relief among the hundreds of nurserymen and women who have come to exhibit their prize horticultural specimens that their stands were complete and looking their very best.