Working with Japanese Paper
Basic techniques to add this decorative material to projects such as screens and lampshades
Synopsis: Traditional Japanese paper has a long tradition of being used to give furniture texture, color, and individuality, in much the same way that a perfect piece of figured wood is used as part of Western design. There are three basic ways to incorporate Japanese paper into a piece of furniture. First, it can take the place of a solid panel in frame-and-panel construction. The most common form is the traditional shoji screen. Second, the paper can be placed in front of a light source to highlight its texture and color. Uses include lampshades and interior window shutters. Third, it can be used as a form of marquetry, where different pieces of paper are cut out and adhered to an existing paper panel to create a landscape or geometric design. The only tools needed are a sharp knife, a straightedge, and some glue.
Radically stronger than Western paper, traditional Japanese…