Kamori (Katsutoshi Mori) was born in 1942 and became a visual artist in 1968, creating paintings and engravings. He began exploring handmade paper as an ideal medium for his artistic endeavors. His initial exposure to papermaking was in the paper industry in 1990.
Since then, he has been conducting research in his own studio using various plant-based fibers: kozo, sugar cane, banana, mulberry, curaua, coconut, lily, cherry blossom, and more. In addition to creating paper from these plant materials, he also researches and produces recycled papers, always emphasizing the quality of his paper, the efficient use of raw materials, and sustainability.
Kamori is considered a pioneer in the study and production of kozo paper in South America. As such, he is recognized and cited in works like "Washi" (1994) by Koichi Matsuda. He has revived an ancient Japanese technique and successfully combined and adapted it to Brazilian natural resources. Currently, in addition to producing kozo fiber paper, he also maintains a plantation of the kozo plant.
Kamori has conducted extensive research on handmade paper and fiber-producing plants. With the goal of enhancing his studies and sharing his expertise, he has developed teaching techniques and methodologies. He taught for 12 years at the Brazil-Japan Cultural Alliance and has traveled to various states and cities, educating others about handmade paper production. Presently, Kamori teaches and sells paper from his own studio in São Paulo, while also engaging in projects, workshops, and demonstrations.