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LDF 2019: Brilliant Corners and Folds: Inkaren paper artisans of Tokyo, at wagumi.

Known for its traditional paper, and its use of the material in classic building design – many aspects of Japanese cultural achievement in the post war era have been supported by modern expertise and artistry in paper.

Whether in manga comics, innovative packaging, business cards or notepads – the work can be beautifully tactile, and precise.

In 2012, six artisan paper product companies based in the Tokyo environs came together to form the Inkaren alliance.  Each with their own dedicated form of paper craft, working with one another they make a range of items that is appealing and functional.

At London Design Festival 2019, Inkaren will present the folds, pierces, ring binding, letterpress and other aspects of technique that create their work, in a residency at the wagumi craft and design shop in the Oxo Tower.

A chance to interact with the makers, during LDF, Inkaren will also present a special ‘visit Japan notebook’ made in collaboration with wagumi.  Handy and informative, it will also serve as an introduction to Japan’s rich modern tradition in paper craft.

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