Sunday, October 16, 2011

Korean boxes


I've set myself a challenge and  decided to make some things to sell at a Christmas stall here in RAK at the Hilton Hotel.  Pat and Barbara from my Hanji group are going to contribute as well so it should be lots of fun when we get it all together.

This annual Christmas event is run by the expatriate women of Ras Al Khaimah and is always an interesting event where we see a variety of handicrafts, made by the men and women of this small community as well as some  from Dubai.

It signals the run up to Christmas in a city that doesn't have shops filled with Christmas decorations nor any outward indication of what is an important Christian event for so many of us.

I'm experimenting with new paper designs and continuing to perfect using some of my own photographs printed onto Hanji paper to create unique items.  It involves many steps in the Hanji process from cutting out the cardboard, glueing them all together, taping, printing the papers and then delicately placing it onto the handmade boxes before finishing them off. As the printer ink  is water based I use a different method of applying the paper to the boxes which is proving to be successful.

I've chosen to go with the sepia colours because to me, the earthy tones depict the essence of the age old traditions of Korea such as Hanji, Kimchi making, the tea ceremony  and playing the gyagum.

I'm happy with the results so far.

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