Aye, Jeff, LuLa seems to be attended by an odd community, sometimes. A little bit cloistered, not always open to new viewpoints. And although there is often much good discussion on various printmaking topics, I also have long sensed a subtle tinge of condescension from some of its senior members. Not the most welcoming internet forum I’ve ever come across.
I, too, was surprised your ‘Proof of Piezography’ link didn’t trigger more interest and discussion. But, then, thinking about it, not so surprised after all. Oh, well.
Back to the Awagami papers… looks like Friday before my sample pack gets here. I’m guessing that the kind of images that will best marry with the Washi papers are spare, low-contrast, low-dmax pictures. Stuff that already looks great on matte papers, but could be well-served by even more matteness - if that makes sense. Simple, muted images, like traditional Japanese watercolor. That might be a little bit of a stretch for someone like me, who still prints about 70% on glossy papers and who is not entirely averse to the modern trend of “let’s add just a touch more contrast.” But we’ll see. I’m looking forward to it!
John, thanks for the link to the Hiromi papers. I’d not heard of them. More choice is good…