Kamori (Katsutoshi Mori) was born in 1942 and become a visual artist in 1968, producing paintings and engravings. He started his investigation into handmade papers in search of an ideal support for the elaboration of his works. His first contact with papermaking was in the paper industry in 1990.
Since then, he has been developing research in his own studio with various vegetable fibers: kozo, sugar cane, banana, mulberry, curaua, coconut, lily, cherry blossom and more. In addition to papers made with these vegetables, it also researches and produces recycled papers, always valuing the quality of their papers, the rational use of the raw material and sustainability.
Kamori is considered a pioneer in the studies and production of the kozo paper in South America, and is thus recognized and cited, for example, in the book Washi (1994), by Koichi Matsuda. He rescues an ancient Japanese technique managing to combine and adapt to Brazilian natural resources. Currently, in addition to producing kozo fiber paper, it also maintains a planting of the vegetable.
Kamori has extensive research on handmade paper and fiber-producing plants. Aiming to improve his studies and the dissemination of his knowledge, he developed teaching techniques and methodologies. He taught for 12 years at the cultural alliance Brazil-Japan institution and has traveled through several states and cities teaching about the production of handmade paper.
Currently, Kamori teaches and sells papers in his own studio in São Paulo, and also participates in projects, workshops and demonstrations.