Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hanji Lamps Insadong

During my visit back to Korea I saw these pretty lamps on display. It appears that stamping the paper with a special tool is now very popular to produce cutouts in the shape of a flower.  This gives a lovely effect with the light shining through the paper. I particularly like this orange colour.

Hanji lamp closeup

Hanji lamps and shoes

Insadong

Hanji paintings

Here is a series of paintings displayed on the walls of the Hanji paper factory in Andong, Korea. It shows how paper has been made for centuries.

I love the simplicity of the paintings and the fact that the colourings are so subtle. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Collecting the branches of the mulberry trees

Removing the bark
Burning the bark

Boiling the bark fibres and hanging it out to dry

Washing the fibres in the river

Mixing the fibres with water and glue

Making thin layers of fibre on the racks

Putting rocks on the layers of paper to get the moisture out

Rolling the paper

Monday, November 14, 2011

Paper,paper,paper

Paper, paper, paper...........

I've just spent a fabulous week back in Seoul, South Korea.

Heading straight to Insadong I was able to gain renewed inspiration from all the wonderful shops selling Korean Hanji products and paper. I  make contact with one of the shops, Ilsindang that has been sending me paper and kits here to the UAE and I met Mrs Lee the shop owner who was very helpful in explaining how to put some of the kits together.  I spent hours just browsing the latest products available including, paper, kits, hardware, printed or hand painted panels, electrical fittings, glues and varnishes .

Looking  online isn't quite the same as being able to browse through the sheets and feel the texture and  weight of the papers as well as see their true colours.





A Hanbok made of paper
Andong Hanji
Mr Ee at Andong Hanji
Mr Ee and I in the paper showroom


































































Next we(Ron and I) headed out of Seoul on a 3 hour bus and a 40 minute taxi ride to meet Mr Ee at the Andong Hanji factory.  He was pleased to see us after 8 years and even remembered us from our time  working at Andong National University. The factory hasn't changed much since our last visit except for some wonderful paintings on the wall of the factory showing each stage of the paper making process. I believe that the Andong factory is the last of it's kind in Korea to  still make the paper completely by hand.  I'll explain more about it in another post.

The factory had an exhibition hall with items made by a wonderful lady who came out to see if she could help me.  Unfortunately she didn't speak English and I don't speak enough Korean so with Mr Ee translating I found out that she'd just come back from giving an exhibition of her work in Brisbane, Australia.    

It was a long day by the time we got to Seoul but it was oh so worth it.