DNJ Paper – 'Large Gathering, Diatom' Vase, 2023
Stitched paper flower vase, constructed from hand-made Japanese paper. The paper was produced by Noto-Nigyo in Ishikawa Prefecture, and it's distinctive colour and texture is due to the inclusion of diatomaceous earth in the paper-making process. This vessel has been treated with organic beeswax, and is water-tight. This vase contains two large pieces of coral, which give it weight and allow you to change the vases shape and tilt.
DNJ PAPER is a collaborative research project and fashion brand. Designers Daphne Mohajer va Pesaran and Jake Nakashima-Edwards use handmade Japanese paper (washi), made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree (Broussonetia Papyrifera) in small studios across Japan, to wearable items.
The designers use washi in traditional and nontraditional ways of making paper clothing in response to pressing social, aesthetic and conceptual questions emerging from contemporary fashion practice. These pieces are never "finished" and will change over time – let them wear, then be repaired.
DNJ PAPER was awarded the 2023 Uniform Commission for MPavillion 10, and exhibited at Australian Tapestry Workshop and Craft Victoria in 2023.
Everyone’s heard of a dragon
Curated by James Lemon and Bobby Corica
11 November 23 – 27 January 24
Material: Handmade Washi (Noto-Nigyo) Machine Made Washi (Awagami Factory),
Cotton Sashiko Thread, Australian Beeswax
Dimensions: approx. 50 x 30 x 25cm