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I'm back .......... Merry Christmas and a Happy 2018 to you all. 

I've taken a longer than expected break from doing Hanji and spent 2017 involved in family and household commitments but am now raring to get back into being creative once again and am committed to updating my blog more regularly this year. Last year  my main Hanji event was an exhibition called 'Dissolve' in Sydney at the Korean Cultural Centre where I was asked to take part in an exhibition along with 4 other Australian artists who have been influencd by Korean Culture.  (I'll write more about that in other post).

In the meantime keep checking back for more of my inspirations and creations for 2018 ....

Hanji Filming Part 6 ....... Suji Kim

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Transformation, creation and longevity ......
Suji Kim a beautiful, young Korean is a 'Linking Traditional Artist' who embodies a new generation of Koreans who are working with their age old traditions and bringing pieces of Hanji art into the 21st century.
Her background is in fine arts and her interest is in the symbolism of folk paintings which she reproduces onto Hanji. 


Traditional Korean folk paintings portrayed the simple lives of everyday people  and were far from sophisticated and yet the characters, animals, birds, flowers, nature and  seasons all had symbolic meanings. When adored on screens and as paintings on walls they created pleasant surroundings with constant reminders to their traditions and values. Korean Folk Art is a dying art form because the majority of modern Koreans, as is true all over the world, would rather have minimalist designs adoring their homes.
Suji Kim's interpretations of those paintings onto Hanji paper has won her accolades  and as…

Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanji New Year ....

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Well where has the year gone!!

I'd just like to wish you all a wonderfully blessed Christmas with your family and friends and a Happy and fabulous Hanji New Year in 2017.  At the beginning of this year I couldn't have dreamt that I would have had such a fabulous year of creating and spreading the word about my Hanji passion to others.
Sadly one of my dear hanji students, Necia Magain, passed away this year from an aggresive form of Cancer  but her spirit and love for all things paper continues to inspire me to make the most of every day that I have as life is so fragile and indeterminate.
Thank you  one and all for your continuing support  by your kind comments, as well as following my blog and Facebook page and I hope I've inspired you just a little to continue your creative passions whatever they may be.

ArTravel(Ep.9) Hanji, The Palette of Korea's Colors – Jan Coveney _ Full...

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My documentary  on  Hanji has now been aired in Korea on Arirang TV, an English broadcasting channel, and here it is for you to view. 
It was the most  amazing experience and one that I'll never forget.  I met so many wonderful people who will form a large part of my Korean Hanji experiences.
I have so many new ideas to work on now that my head is literally spinning with new creative thoughts but with Christmas looming I'm going to have to put them aside for a few more weeks and focus on the family.
My Hanji book is the next area that I intend working on more intently in the New Year and with my new found knowledge of Hanji paper, dyes and construction techniques, I have so much more to add.
So grab a cuppa, sit back and share my recent Hanji journey with me .......

Hanji Filming part 5 ..... Young Dam Museum

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My twin sister, a Buddhist nun ……… One of the many highlights of my journey was a visit to the Youngdam Hanji Museum to meet the director Young Dam, a Buddhist Nun who's spent decades making Hanji paper and doing 2D and 3 D Hanji art. 
I was impressed that she’d done her research about me before I arrived and knew what work I’d  want to see on this visit but what surprised me the most was that she realized we were the same age and decided that because we both love Hanji and have similar interests we must be ‘Hanji twins’.

At first I was a little apprehensive to meet her as my image of a Buddhist nun was of a person who was quiet, genteel and almost ethereal, who obediently went about her daily rituals, never questioning, demanding nor being confronting.I’m not saying any of those traits are undesirable; in fact I admire them and those that have the willpower to be devotionally serene and obedient but I was surprised when this jovial lady came out to greet us and starting ordering her…

Hanji filming Part 4 ...... Korean boudoir crafts

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Korean traditional boudoir crafts …… 


As the week was progressing I was brimming with new ideas to incorporate into my Hanji craft and visiting this studio was  no exception. Initially I wondered why they were taking me to see a lady who does sewing but I soon came to realize that we can take ideas from many different directions and adapt them to what we do. I was to visit  the studio of Jeong Yun Suk, a lady who does Korean boudoir crafts gyubang. Jeong Yun Suk was a beautifully gentle soul who spoke softly but with an infectious hint of enthusiasm in her voice.Her studio was full of many beautiful pieces that she was keen to show me and each piece was obviously made with  lots of love and attention to fine details.Her interests include bojagi (quilting) and chasu (embroidery) and she also works with Jeong Hyun Ja using naturally dyed fabrics and making them into clothes and accessories.
Boudoir is derived from the French verb bouder, and was a woman’s private sitting room where she cou…

Hanji filming Part 3 ....... Natural dyeing of Hanji

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Experimenting with the natural dyeing of Hanji paper, with traditional herbs.

The next part of our journey took us to Jeong Hyun Ja’s Natural Indigo dyeing factory in Yeongcheong district. Hyun Ja was a very welcoming lady who opened up her premises for the filming of this documentary and was very happy to share her techniques for dyeing.She started her business called I.N.D.T (Indigo Natural Dyeing Therapy) around 19 years ago and is hoping to pass it on to her only son, who was ably assisting her on the day.



Jeong Hyun Ja is reportedly the first person in South Korea to discover the benefits of environmentally - friendly Indigo Natural dyeing products and has been an ambassador for the natural dyeing of fabrics in her country and overseas.