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VIRTUAL: Sign-up deadline for ArtVenture Magic Patterns Workshop Series

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This is a virtual workshop series taking place in February. Sign up by Jan. 22 to receive your supplies in time.

Join Henry Art Gallery for ArtVenture: Magic Patterns - Washi Tape Animation on Film with Jackie Argo and Devon Damonte

Join us for this very special, two-session ArtVenture in partnership with Northwest Film Forum’s Children’s Film Festival Seattle (CFFS) and Interbay Cinema Society! 


  • Jan 22 - sign up by this date to get your washi film kit!
  • Feb 7, 1 – 2:30 PM - SESSION 1: Learn how to make washi tape animation on film
  • Feb 14, 1 – 2:30 PM - SESSION 2: Share your work, ask questions, and experiment further
  • Feb 21, TBD - Attend a virtual screening of the collaborative film at CFFS

This online workshop provides a fun, hands-on experience, combining washi tape with 16mm film to learn about how patterns, rhythms, and textures function in art. Washi tape is a richly patterned adhesive made from Japanese rice paper. It is also a handy material for creating abstract, cameraless animated movies on 16mm film leader, which interacts with the tape's patterns and textures in magical ways when the film is projected. Participants will be mailed a kit (one per household), which will include 16mm clear film leader, a roll of Japanese "MT" washi tape, a special serrated-edge tearing tool (safe for younger participants, although adult collaboration is recommended), and prepaid mailers to return your results, which will be spliced into a collaborative group film to be shown at CFFS at the end of February. 

Appropriate for ages 7 and up (adult supervision recommended). Because this workshop requires a time sensitive mail component, participants should live within the Puget Sound region. Please register by Jan 22 to ensure receipt of your kit. Since space is limited to the number of kits we have available, please reserve 1 ticket per household and ensure that you are able to attend both sessions. Email us at immediately if your plans change.

FREE; registration by Jan 22 is required to receive the workshop kit and ZOOM meeting link. Please include your mailing address when completing your registration. Space is limited.


Jackie Argo is a Salvadorean-American multimedia experimental artist, writer, painter, filmmaker, and musician also known as Argo Navx who has always called the PNW home. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College, she has enjoyed experimenting with analog film alongside the Crackpot Crafters. Her analog/digital techniques have been used in creating music videos for independent film and bands. In her free time she can be found adding books to her library, wandering the shores of rocky beaches, and exploring the world of acting.  

Devon Damonte is an artist based in Olympia, WA. He prefers handcrafted stuff, like cameraless 16mm & 35mm film animation, rubbings, printmaking, handmade papermaking, and book arts. Damonte is adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College teaching an intensive experimental motion graphics "Visual Music" adventure in the summertimes. His work has shown at NY Film Festival Views From the Avant Garde, REDCAT at Disney Hall in LA, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Engauge Experimental Film Festival Seattle, and McMurdo Station Antarctica. Damonte currently sells his own line of handcrafted washi tape, and he believes we all currently live smack dab in the golden age of adhesive tape.

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