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Workshop: Japanese Papermaking with Human Body Watermarks

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore the artistry of traditional Japanese paper-making at IMSS!

IMSS Multidisciplinary Recovery Series presents
Japanese Papermaking with Human Body Watermarks Workshop:

At this paper-making workshop, participants will make traditional Japanese paper, called Wash with human body-themed watermarks. Washi is typically made from Japanese Mulberry or Mitsumata wood bark. These barks have been used in Japan’s everyday life, including architectural elements like Shoji screens and folding fans.

All levels are welcome to enjoy this workshop!

About the Instructor:

Mami Takahashi is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist. Previous exhibitions and performances have taken place at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, International 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 Chicago Arts Recovery Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60610 United States


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