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Explore the artistry of traditional Japanese paper-making with Human Body Watermarks, led by artist Mami Takahashi

We are pleased to present the second Japanese Papermaking Workshop with artist Mami Takahashi!

Participants will make traditional Japanese paper, called Washi, with human body-themed watermarks at this paper-making workshop. Washi is typically made from Japanese Mulberry or Mitsumata wood bark. These barks are used daily in Japan, and they include architectural elements like Shoji screens and folding fans.

All levels are welcome to enjoy this workshop!

About the Artist:

Mami Takahashi is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist. Previous exhibitions and performances have taken place at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; International; Gwangju Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL; San Francisco Art Institute, The International Museum of Art, El Paso, Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Canada, Gwangju Folk Art Museum in Korea, Instituto Municipal del Arte la Cultura in Mexico and Toriizaka Art Gallery in Tokyo, among other venues. She holds an MFA from Portland State University and a BFA from the Joshibi University of Art in Japan. Takahashi is a recipient of the Ford Family Award for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art residency program.


Material Fee $10


About the Multidisciplinary Recovery Series: The International Museum of Surgical Science supports a commitment to contemporary art and artists through exhibitions and programs that use the frame of contemporary artistic practice to examine new perspectives in medical and surgical science and our relationship to the body. The Museum continuously seeks artist performance and workshop proposals for its contemporary art program.


Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating, please contact us at info@imss.org.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/


This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by federal assistance listing number, 21.027 awarded to the International Museum of Surgical Science by the US Treasury through the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in the amount of $125,000.00, representing 83% of total project funding.

This project is partially supported by a Chicago Arts Recovery Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

The International Museum of SurgicalScience acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council.

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