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garywornell

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Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - Fine Art Media for Ink Jet Printers
As a photographer, printmaker and developer of this new Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper from Epson I would like to draw your attention to this new media. It is the thinnest lightest weight natural fibre InkJet paper on the market (currently available in Europe) and we really want to see it spread around the world. Here is a link to a video which gives a bit of background to how this all started and shows what is possible. Enjoy.
http://www.garywornell.com/kozo/videos/
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aduke

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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014, 12:11:16 am »

When will this be available in the US?

Alan
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garywornell

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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2014, 12:51:33 am »

Epson need to feel there is a real market for this media in the US. It can be ordered from Europe. Best thing is show this video to your local dealer and ask them to enquire at Epson when it can be expected in the USA.
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2014, 03:27:16 am »

Same question... Is it already available in Japan? ;)

Thanks.

Cheers,
Bernard

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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2014, 03:41:06 am »

The Epson representatives who are responsible for this media in Japan and Asia are working on this. The paper was launched in Europe by Epson Europe and each region is responsible for ordering the media themselves. At the moment few outside Europe know that this even exists. If you have a local dealer - send me their contact details and I'll do what I can to forward it to the relevant people. You can also visit our facebook page for further info
https://www.facebook.com/EpsonJapaneseKozoPaperThin
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2014, 06:18:58 am »

 A very clever solution, well done sir!
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2014, 07:02:07 am »

Thank you Kevin.
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John Caldwell

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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2014, 08:55:11 am »

The idea is all new to me but it's an appealing idea. I didn't grasp from your video part I, Gary: A backing sheet is, or is not needed at the time of printing Kozo?

John Caldwell
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2014, 09:29:33 am »

I know several artists who I print for that would love this paper, I'll be bringing to the attention of my supplier.

How durable is the image if used as a replacement for rice paper in shoji screen applications?

Regards

Jim
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2014, 09:48:03 am »

It does look like the paper uses a backer from the video.

Nice!

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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2014, 09:49:06 am »

Jim, This paper is a Signature Worthy paper and when used with Epson K3 Ultrachrome inkset has an archival life equivalent to all the papers in that range. What's more is that the paper has amazing abrasion resistance, deep blacks and a heavenly surface unlike any other paper on the market. I have worked with a cabinet maker now in Finland for the last 2 years making Japanese Screen type applications and these have been laminated with paper side out onto polycarbonate allowing the light to pass through as if there was no firm support. It also makes for beautiful lamps as can be seen on the Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/kvceclc
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2014, 09:52:07 am »

John, The paper has been developed with a support - that means it is part of the media until after the media is printed, allowed to dry (approx 4-6 hours) and then peeled away from the back of the print. The paper can also be left on the support - but it is at its best when peeled and the light weight and transparency come into their own.
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2014, 10:05:28 am »

This paper looks very interesting. Does it print best with Matt or Photo black ink? What does 'Signature Worthy' mean?
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2014, 10:22:24 am »

This paper is best printed with matt black. The structure of the paper gives deep velvety blacks with the Epson Ultrachrome matt black.
Signature Worthy papers: Only the highest quality Epson papers receive the designation of Signature Worthy.
http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Pro/FocalPoints/Story/SignatureWorthy.do
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2014, 02:24:47 pm »

Take a look at the line of inkjet papers from Awagami. Freestyle Photographic carries a good selection, including thin kozo (mulberry fiber) papers all the way up to luscious (and pricey) thick handmade sheets of Bizan, with natural mould-made deckled edges. Beautiful papers!



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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2014, 05:21:39 pm »

Jim, This paper is a Signature Worthy paper and when used with Epson K3 Ultrachrome inkset has an archival life equivalent to all the papers in that range.

The Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper (EU: Epson Traditional Photo Paper) not counted I hope, the rest has a reasonable fade resistance and stable paper white in time according Aardenburg Imaging. "Archival" is an ambiguous term.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

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September 2014, 650+ inkjet media white spectral plots.

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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2014, 10:01:59 pm »

Thank you Ernst,
Yes you are right. Archival is ambiguous. Pigment inks and a Neutral PH paper say enough about the life of the image.
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2014, 10:15:55 pm »

Rob, yes Awagami make interesting papers, but none of their papers come close to the weight, translucence, and surface character of the Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin. There is no support sheet technology in Awagami's production, severely limiting the weight that can successfully be put through a water based ink jet device. You have to see Epson's Japanese Kozo Paper Thin against the thinnest Awagami Kozo and then you can make a comparison. :-)
This is also the first natural fibre inkjet paper in the world that you can fold and the image won't crack. Think Origami!
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2014, 10:20:34 pm »

The Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper (EU: Epson Traditional Photo Paper) not counted I hope, the rest has a reasonable fade resistance and stable paper white in time according Aardenburg Imaging. "Archival" is an ambiguous term.

Met vriendelijke groet, Ernst

http://www.pigment-print.com/spectralplots/spectrumviz_1.htm
September 2014, 650+ inkjet media white spectral plots.



BTW - there are no OBAs in this media.
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Re: Epson Japanese Kozo Paper Thin - New Signature Worthy Fine Art Paper
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2014, 11:29:01 pm »

I read about this a year ago ( http://dpnow.com/9378.html )  and wondered why we haven't seen it in the states I can't wait to get my hands on some Thanks for the info!
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