Pulp Paradise – four weeks at Awagami Factory, Japan

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After totally 6 weeks in Japan, I have returned home to Norway. I started dreaming of going to Japan, to visit the factory and learn about washi, years ago. Now it feels kind of surreal to look back on four weeks as visiting artist, being allowed in to the pulp paradise of Awagami factory. It was love by first touch! There is no way to tell about the stay in one blog post, so if you are interested in washi, in papermaking and in Japanese culture, please follow my posts where I will tell about the best periode ever in my life as artist.

Arriving at Awagami factory in Yoshinogawa-shi, Tokushima prefectore. I travelled with my husband who is a researcher, and could bring his computer and continue his own work while I was busy at the factory. As the factory closes only on Mondays, I had the possibility to work 6 days a week….and of course I did. Every minute was valuable.


My work station, positioned side by side with skilled crafts people who could assist me when needed. What a luxury! 


Starting my first work, trying out the possibilities with pulp painting.


Being supported by experienced people inspired and gave courage to move on. Here the director of the factory, eight generation of the family business, Mr. Yoichi Fujimori is inspecting and giving his advice to Ogata-san, while the work is mounted on boards to dry. I was in the best hands! Thank you all for making my stay a fantastic journey.