WashiLights

Washi lampshades and lokta too!!

San Francisco, California · 6 Sales

WashiLights

Washi lampshades and lokta too!!

San Francisco, California 6 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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MARY

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Announcement   Washi and lokta paper lamp shades used with ordinary light bulbs can create an illuminated dream space, a floating world of blossoms and bamboo, clouds and rivers, all aglow in deeply saturated color. They can light a dark corner, provide good desk light or reading light, be a night light for a small child, or stand warmly waiting for you to return home late at night.
My goal is simple really : world domination, a paper lampshade in every home, filling it with glowing color and magic.

I hope you enjoy seeing these shades, and thank you for stopping by.

WASHI FOREVER!!

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Last updated on Jul 18, 2016

Washi and lokta paper lamp shades used with ordinary light bulbs can create an illuminated dream space, a floating world of blossoms and bamboo, clouds and rivers, all aglow in deeply saturated color. They can light a dark corner, provide good desk light or reading light, be a night light for a small child, or stand warmly waiting for you to return home late at night.
My goal is simple really : world domination, a paper lampshade in every home, filling it with glowing color and magic.

I hope you enjoy seeing these shades, and thank you for stopping by.

WASHI FOREVER!!

MARY

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MARY

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Last updated on July 19, 2016
Welcome to Washi Lights and thank you for your interest.

I'm always available to answer questions about the shades, the traditional papers, shipping, payment or anything else. If you are wondering about the exact color of a shade, I'm happy to send you a paper sample so you may see it before purchasing.

About the Paper
The prefix 'wa' means 'Japanese' and 'shi' is one suffix in Japanese meaning 'paper'. It derives from the Chinese character 'chih', the Chinese being the first to invent true paper 2000 years ago. Another Japanese suffix meaning paper is 'gami' (or 'kami') as in 'origami' or 'chirogami'. Much is made in paper-making circles of the fact that the character for the Shinto God, and that of the one for paper is pronounced the same way : gami. Papermaking goes back 1500 years in Japan and whether it be screens, homes, clothing, accessories, boxes or toys, paper is as integral and central to the life of its people as would be a divinity. It is indeed a pervasive spirit of Japan and one that I am happy to have been touched by.

The Types of Paper I Use
Washi is traditionally made from the inner bark of the kozo, mitsumata, and gampi plants. Although the papers I use are machine made, they still retain approximately 70% traditional fibres and are all hand silkscreened or stencilled. The word 'chiyogami' refers to the amazing decorative papers of Japan. Chiyogami developed in the Edo period (c. 1603-1868) as a response to the luxurious kimono designs of the wealthy women in Kyoto, particularly the Yuzen area which was reknown for its sophisticated and complex decorative silks. Today these papers are called both Yuzen paper or Chiyogami, which means 'thousand generations paper'.
Katazome-shi simply means 'stencil dyed paper', and is hand-stencilled using traditional dyes and tools.

All papers used and their designs are protected by international copyright.

About the Shades
I handcraft each lampshade from hand-stencilled or silk screened Japanese papers only. In doing so, my desire is to support in some small way the traditional papermaking industry of Japan, which has dwindled from many thousands of papermaking families to less than 300 today, as well as to provide the most beautiful experience for those who choose a Washi Lights lampshade for their home. Machine printed papers which invoke the Washi tradition but which are made outside Japan both erode a traditional industry as well as provide a cold and inferior experience in my opinion.

Washi is perforce strong and durable, and the colorfastness of the dyes is well established: a Washi Lights lampshade is a permanent lampshade, born of a long tradition, adapted to suit new realities.

In crafting these shades, I try to evoke the simplicity and clean lines that are intrinsic to the Japanese aesthetic. Although paper, the shades are no more or less safe than any other lampshade: they will not catch afire when used with an appropriate wattage of bulb. That said, they are ideal for usage with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) as the colors of the papers, particularly those in the red, pink, orange and yellow ranges, tend to offset the coldness of the CFL spectrum of light.

How to Choose the Right Size Shade for Your Lamp
Currently I am focusing on making only two sizes, small and medium, of one style of shade known in the trade as 'Empire' .

The small size has a 4" diameter at the top, an 8" diameter at the bottom, and stands 5 3/4" tall. It has a 2" recessed wire clip.

The medium size has a 5" diameter at the top, a 10" diameter at the bottom and stands 6 3/4" tall. It also has a 2" recessed wire clip.

Both sizes will accommodate both standard incandescent bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Conventional wisdom holds that a lampshade should equal 1/3 to 1/2 of the total height of the lamp and that the socket should never show when at eye-level. CW also says that the bottom diameter of the shade should be half or more, the total height.

Confused? Need a better sense of what might work?
Use the measurements I've given to make a cut-out 'silhouette of a shade. Take an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper, and positioning it with a 'landscape' orientation. Draw a line the length of the bottom diameter, bisected by a line the height of the shade, and at the top, use that line as the mid-point for a line the length of the top diameter. Connect the top and bottom lines by lines that indicate the sloping sides of the shade. Once you cut out this trapezoidal form, you can use it to hold against any lamp base you may be considering. That should tell you if this size is right for what you have in mind.

In all the photos here of Washi Light shades, I have used lamp bases purchased at Ikea. In their simplicity, they seem rather an inexpensive and ideal complement to the shades.

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Payment
At this time, I am only able to accept paypal payment. You may still use PayPal without a PayPal account through their guest checkout service. Simply checkout on Etsy by pressing the the PayPal button and click on 'continue checkout' in the left-hand corner of the next page.

Prompt cancellation of an order is appreciated.
Shipping
All domestic orders will be shipped within 24 to 72 hours via the US Postal Service to the address given on your paypal account unless otherwise specified.

I am not currently shipping internationally, though this may change.
Refunds and Exchanges
I would like you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you are in any way disgruntled, please email me and I'm sure we can work it out.