Monday, December 10, 2012

HANJI TRIVIA - Punjabi 'Hanji' .......

When researching about Hanji I've come across many sites that relate to the word 'hanji' being used in Punjabi, one of the Indian languages. 

There's a band called 'Cornershop' that  made a CD in 1997 called, "When I was Born for the Seventh Time' and at the beginning of the song, which I believe was originally sung in Punjabi, they use the word Hanji.  

In Punjabi both 'han' and 'ji' mean yes. When talking informally to a person they use 'han' but if speaking to an elder or a person with a superior status then they put the two words together and say 'hanji'. 


You just never know when this word might be used ......

Hanji items for sale ......

HANJI ITEMS and INSTRUCTIONAL WORKSHEETS are now FOR SALE on my  WEBSITE.


Currrently items range in price from A$25 for a small pot to A$160 for a six sided lamp.

Instructional Worksheets are A$7.50 each. 




I'll be adding to the items in the New Year and I'll also be expanding the variety of Instructional Worksheets to include lamps and sets of drawers.



FREE POSTAGE until the end of February 2013.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hanjiartist website ..........

Don't forget to keep checking out my Hanjiartist website.

'Scooping the Moonlight' a movie by Im Kwon-taek’s

Here is an interesting movie that came out last year. A cast of bona fide actors  present a theme that is  quintessentially Korean and universally human: actors Kang Soo-yeon and Park Joong-hoon come together for a story about people who dedicate their lives to the art of making ``hanji,'' or traditional Korean paper.

2012 The year of English books on Hanji .....

I now have all the Hanji books I can track down on Hanji that are written in English.   It comes to the grand total of two. Please if anyone knows of any others please let me know!!


Both books were published this year with 'Hanji' by Lee Seung-chul, in March, 2012 and 'Hanji Unfurled' by Aimee Lee, in October, 2012. As I said in an earlier post the other book I ordered, 'Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea' by Kim Youngna is an older publication from 2005 and I found no direct references to Hanji as an art-form. 


HANJI was written by Lee Seung-chul and  it's been translated into English. 

The cover states that this is .'.. the first  accessible yet comprehensive guide to the material experts consider superior to Gutenberg's metal-print paper'. 
Professor Lee is a world renown expert on Hanji paper and natural dyeing methods and his soft covered book contains over 300 photo and illustrations with some Hanji paper samples in the back. It is an encyclopedia of all things Hanji including what it is, it's origins, differences in Hanji paper, what it is used for (hanji art ) and the future of the paper itself. 

This is definitely one to have on your bookshelf if you're interested in looking for the highest quality products to go into your Hanji artwork.  It's easy to read and contains a wealth of information that was not previously accessible to anyone other than those who could read Hangul.


HANJI UNFURLED: One journey into Korean Papermaking, has now arrived on my doorstep as well and I must congratulate Aimee Lee for her wonderful book. 

This hard covered book written in English is simply yet beautifully set out and tells of her story of discovery of her Korean heritage and it's Arts. She was born to Korean parents and brought up in New York where after several years she chose to shun her ancestral identity and tongue to fit into the so called American 'norm'. 

It wasn't until she entered College and she was doing an Art-History course in Chinese landscape painting  that she came across the paper that the Chinese thought was the best to use and it was hanji from Korea.  This began her quest to know not only more about the paper but also about her Korean heritage in general. 

The book covers not only the History of Hanji and her personal discoveries but also how she has helped to take hanji to the West. Her ten year goal was to set up a Korean paper making factory in the United States  but it took only one year to materialise and it's now a fully functioning program at the Morgan Art of Paper making Conservatory and Educational Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio.

These  are great to have and I hope this trend of seeing more books being written in English and appearing on the shelves continues.  My long term goal is to write my own book on the Art of Hanji making.  I wonder how long it'll be before I find the time to see this to fruition?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea .....

One of my books has arrived !!!

It's the 'Korean Culture Series #1 Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea' by Kim Youngna which deals with the issues of tradition, modernity, and identity in modern and contemporary Korean art in Korea. 

'On a deeper level, this is one of the only books of its kind in English that exposes readers to specific artists and their works, an especially useful resource for those who wish to know more than just surface level facts about Korean art.' Amazon

The book was publisher in 2005 by the Korea Foundation and as yet I haven't found any specific reference to Hanji but nonetheless it's a great reference to have on Korean Art history including it's trends during the twentieth century when Korea opened up to the West.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Waiting .......




I'm waiting with baited breath for three new books on Hanji to arrive in my mail box.


All of them are in English and are due to arrive any day.


Watch this space !!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean papermaking .....


I'm delighted to share with you the Press Release on Oct. 23rd, 2012 of a new English book on Hanji, by Aimee Lee.

I wrote about Aimee Lee in my blog post, Paper making... a short film ..., on Oct. 6th and I was thrilled to hear from her this week about her newly released book which is now available.

I hope that all of you who are interested in Hanji will support Aimee by buying her book. I've ordered mine already !!

It's so important that more is known around the world about this wonderful product and how and why it can be used in so many different ways.

Top Scholar and Artist Writes First American Book on Korean Papermaking

(October 23, 2012, Ann Arbor, Mich.) 

The Legacy Press has released the debut book by artist Aimee Lee about Korean papermaking called Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking (ISBN 9780979797446, hard cover, 208 pp, 10 x 7 inches, full color, 300+ illustrations, $35.00). 

In the first English-language book about hanji, or Korean handmade paper, Lee recounts stories of meeting papermakers, scholars, and artists from Korean cities, villages, Buddhist temples, and island outposts. Interwoven with personal anecdotes from her yearlong Fulbright Fellowship, Lee describes the process of making and using hanji from harvesting trees to carefully weaving the finished paper into a sculptural vessel.

To highlight the importance of hanji and address its endangered status, Lee built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America in 2010 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. She travels across the U.S. to teach and lecture about hanji and related crafts and maintains free digital archives online. Lee's workshops routinely draw students from around the U.S. and abroad, and her informational videos have received over 600,000 hits.

"This book is a valuable resource, a must-read not only for papermakers but for anyone interested in perpetuating honored traditions into an environmentally responsible future." —Melissa Jay Craig, paper sculptor/book artist.

"Aimee is an accomplished writer, and through Hanji Unfurled, she has communicated her valuable perspectives as artist, papermaker, and bilingual ambassador for Korean paper arts." —Cathleen A. Baker, proprietor of The Legacy Press (est. 1997), which promotes the printing, paper, and bookbinding arts.

Author Profile

Aimee Lee, a visual artist and papermaker, was born in New York City and researched Korean paper arts on a Fulbright Fellowship (2008-2009). She holds a BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and resides in collections that include the Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Library. She travels widely to teach and lecture at colleges, museums, and arts centers while writing about her research and providing hanji resources at aimeelee.net.

For more information about Hanji Unfurled or to schedule an interview, please contact Aimee Lee at contact@aimeelee.net or visit aimeelee.net.

Here is the link to her book page online (where you can  order copies).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Teaching & Sharing .....

I'm not sure where this came from and apologies if it's copyrighted but I think this says it all ......

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hanji Craft Classes, Seoul ......

imageHanji Craft Class, Fri 19th Oct 2012
Itaewon, Seoul
DESCRIPTION: 
Participants will make two multipurpose round-shaped boxes (10cmX12cm and 10cmX9cm)  using Korean traditional paper which is called hanji. Hanji is paper that is made from all natural ingredients and has been used in Korea for centuries. In the past it was used to make books and to cover windows and doors to keep out the wind. The paper is so durable that layered Hanji was even used as armor that could stop arrows. These boxes can be used to keep your accessories or small stuff on your dressing table or for keeping tea bags or candles in your kitchen. Also they make great gifts for friends or family back home as well.
REGISTRATION: 
in person at the Itaewon Global Village Center.

DIRECTIONS: 
Come out of exit #2 of Itaewon Station (Line#6, Stop 630), walk straight 200m, and look for the Hannam Building which has a 7-Eleven convenience store on the first floor. The center is on the 5th floor of that building.

INFO
itaewon@sba.seoul.kr  or 02-2199-8884
Please visit: http://global.seoul.go.kr/itaewon/

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hanji, outside of Korea ......

                             

There are both disadvantages and advantages of not living in Korea and wanting to make Hanji articles.  You have some spare time and you feel like making something as a gift for a family member or friend or maybe you'd just like to be creative and make something for yourself.

The disadvantage of not being in Korea is that you can't just walk down the street and buy a pre cut kit, go home and make it up. You could spend some time on the internet and buy one through one of the online suppliers and wait a few weeks to get it delivered but, the spontaneity of the creation has gone by then and the time to do it may just not be there.

So, what will you do?



The advantage of not being in Korea is that you learn to make patterns and cut out your own designs. 

Over the years I've made many different things and each time I've drawn a pattern of the article, stored it away and then brought it out when I needed it again.  I've been making worksheets for the last 10 years mainly for my own use but more recently I've revised, updated and generally freshened up the patterns and am now using them in my Hanji classes and selling them online. 

This weekend I've been drawing the design and cutting out the cardboard for a Hanji four sided lamp

In my classes I teach the students how to draw designs and cut them out themselves so that in the future,  at any time and anywhere, they have the skills and the know how to make things themselves. It's always possible to buy kits online, as I mentioned earlier, and that is another option but to know the basics first is always an advantage. 

Sometimes good things can come out difficult situations.

Check out some of the patterns I have available here on my blog (right side panel).  I have many others so may be able to help you if you have a particular project in mind.
If you have a problems or need any more information just email me and I'll get back to you.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Paper making .... a short film ........


Don't forget to keep checking out my new WEBSITE.

I'm constantly updating and adding articles and today I've added a short film on traditional, Hanji paper making in South Korea which was taken last November during one of my trips to the Andong Paper Factory to buy more supplies.
It shows the making of the paper from the combining of the bark of the Paper Mulberry Tree (Dak in Korean) and the mucilage of the Hibiscus, to the drying of the sheets and putting it on the shelves ready for market.

Placing wet sheets of paper in a stack
My visit was on a weekend and I was amazed at the number of Japanese who were there buying the Korean paper which I am told is stronger and more versatile than the their papers due to the method of cross matching the fibres.  The shop was packed with locals as well as the Japanese businessmen wanting to buy paper from the factory as it's relatively cheap and they have a huge array of colours.
Removing impurities from the bleached bark

A  highly skilled job. Picking up the wet paper and putting it onto a hot metal plate.
You might also like to checkout the work of Aimee Lee  who has done a year's research on paper making in Korea as a Fulbright Fellow, part of which was under the master paper maker, Jang Ji Bang in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul.  It's a smaller family run paper factory  and they have a shop in Insadong where you can buy their specialty papers.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hanji classes are up and running........

The beginner's Hanji classes are now up and running and the enthusiastic students are progressing really well. 


They're just about to finish their first project, the utensil holder, with each choosing different coloured papers to complement their small pot. 

This week it'll be time to do the small cutout to place on the pot then I'm looking forward to seeing the finished articles. 

The 'forgiving fairy' is definitely with them all !!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hanji Photographic Collection 2012 ....

Well I've almost completed my 'Photographic collection' of boxes, they're all ready to be varnished.

I've combined my love of photography with my love of Hanji and come up with something that I think is pretty unique. 

For this first collection I've made all the boxes the same size but  they could be made in any size and that would open up all sorts of possibilities for doing Hanji in the future.

You could make memory boxes for people you love and present them as a gift, you could make gifts to give away at weddings with the couples picture on them or you could just use your favourite travel photographs placed on a box to remind you of a special trip.

I've done one set in sepia, because personally I love the effect of the muted tones as it gives a timeless, classic look and the second set is done in colour with the photos complemented with matching coloured papers. All of the photographs were taken during my stay in Korea.

The photos were printed onto a special handmade paper and then used during the making of the boxes, just as any other Hanji paper. 





 I hope you like the new collection .........

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hanji Starter Kits .....


This week I started a new beginner's Hanji  class here in the UAE and to help the new students get started on their journey with the craft I've put together some Starter kits.  We more than likely have different items around the house that have been used for other crafts and activities but often some are half used, others worn out and yet others not quite suitable.

I don't know about you but if I'm starting something new I like to begin things afresh with the right tools to do the job.

Here in Ras Al Khaimah, a town 90 kms north of Dubai, most items needed to do hanji are available somewhere but sometimes they're in a small and dusty shop down a side street and at other times at a large and overwhelming 'Library,' as the stationary stores are called here. In other words it can take a bit of hunting to find exactly what you want.

With the temperatures in the low 40Cs every day here at the moment, chasing around from to store to store isn't the nicest thing to be doing when you could be sitting inside in the air conditioning working on a project, walking the air conditioned malls or going for a swim.  So, in the cooler months, I bought things in bulk when I saw them and put  together some Hanji Starter Kits for my students.



The Starter Kits consist of:
  •  a small cutting mat
  • 30 cm metal ruler
  • 15 cm metal ruler
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • small scissors
  • craft knife
  • contact adhesive glue
  • a roll of thin masking tape
These items are only the basic tools that you would use and it doesn't include the cardboard or papers which I provide but, it can be added to as time goes on ........

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Beginner's classes starting soon ........



Three years ago I started meeting with a small group of friends who wanted to learn how to do 'hanji'.  We started from the basics but they very soon progressed into making more complex items.  Through all this they've taught me such a lot about design,  adaption of materials and perseverance in ordering  both locally and from overseas. It's been difficult at times but we've worked through things together and achieved such a lot. 

I've made some great friends over the years as some people have stayed with the group, meeting nearly every week for the whole time and others have come and gone. That is the way of the ex-pat life.

I'm now really looking forward to meeting a new group of women in our beginner's class starting next week.  We'll start from the basics of hanji making and work through some different techniques for the next six weeks.  They will complete 3 different projects and develop the skills to move on to a more advanced class that I have planned for later in the year. 



These pictures are some of my photographs that I'm incorporating into my hanji pieces in my 'photographic collection'.  I will show you more soon........

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

’Hanji’ art produces a picture without paint or brush




“Dandelion” by Cho Su-jung

This article in the Korea Times newspaper was written by Chung Ah-young and it shows the work of Hanji Artist  Cho Su-jung ..    Her work is in two dimensional Hanji and it's so vibrant and beautifully detailed. For those of you who have been working with hanji paper I'm sure you could appreciate the time it must take for to make each piece. 


It might be hard to imagine but “hanji” (traditional Korean mulberry paper) can turn into a wonderful picture without using a brush and paint. The hanji paper art shows how a deft touch can be more delicate than any other tools.

The artworks are produced by tearing up a variety of colorful hanji and pasting them together. The paper is torn onto layers to express light and shadow, to imbue color and shape.

Cho Su-jung, a traditional paper artist, believes that hanji artworks can portray anything she wants from abstract to still-life paintings that require sophisticated and delicate paper tearing techniques.

“I can make the works resemble watercolors or oil paintings simply using hanji pieces of a variety of colors and thickness. I can freely use the colorful hanji like the paints to express what I want,” Cho said in an interview with The Korea Times.

Cho, who started the traditional paper art some 30 years ago, recently opened the Cho Su-jung Korean Paper Art Gallery to showcase her artworks in Daechi-dong, southern Seoul. She is the first artist to create a picture with the hanji tearing techniques in Korea.

“Over the last 30 years, my art has been underestimated because the art circle sees my art as a kind of mosaic rather than a picture. But actually my work is a perfect picture without using brushes and pigments,” she said.
Although Cho began her artistic career in Japan where traditional paper art is more advanced, traditional Korean paper has a higher quality to depict something on the canvas, she said.



Hanji is made from the bark of a mulberry tree. Its texture is fine and smooth and the long fibers create a fluffy effect while the tearing part produces attractive feathered edges on pieces of paper.

“The key point of tearing hanji involves carefully pulling the paper apart, leaving the paper fibers at the edge of the paper exposed to maintain a natural look. The torn edges complement many styles and designs more than any other papers in the world,” she said.

Although artworks created by paper tearing have a long tradition in China and Japan, it can also be found in Korean aesthetics much earlier. Koreans attached the leaves of a chrysanthemum or bamboo trees attractively on screen papers of the lattices. The simple motif has been handed down to the present, she said.

“When I was in Japan in the 1980s, Korean culture was not appreciated well even though we have a long history and rich heritage. So I wanted to promote the beauty of Korean traditional culture through the artworks,” she said.

Compared to the conventional paintings, hanji artworks are eco-friendly as the materials come from nature. “So they never look boring and last long. The art has more irresistible charms,” she said.



An awl, glue, deft finger movements and aesthetic tastes can produce wonderful pictures, she said. Anything can be expressed through hanji according to the degree of thickness of the paper.

From flying spores of dandelions to abstract brush strokes, she has depicted any object of her imagination into her works. Cho has produced some 150 works over the last 30 years. Some works take a couple of hours but others require a month or so to complete. But the whole process is part of her spiritual training for aesthetic achievement.

“While concentrating on my works, I forget all anxieties. When I am free from such distracting thoughts and greed, I can create the best works. The art purifies me in many ways,” she said.

“Hanji pictures do not change with time. They produce their own pictorial sense from the tearing, fitting and attaching together with bits of variously colored hanji, so they create a unique world of paintings which can hardly be expressed with Western papers in its tactile sensation,” she said.

“I think this is a kind of national project as it represents the beauty of traditional papers. I am very proud of being a traditional paper artist. Without such pride, I couldn’t have done this job for so long,” she said.

Cho has also nurtured some 500 pupils who are mostly housewives as the art is easy to learn for amateur artists.

She also harbors a wish to promote the art through her gallery and overseas exhibitions. Cho held an exhibition in Washington in the United States last year and received positive responses from Americans.

“When I show my artworks to foreigners, their reactions are more fervent than Koreans. They are amazed at the hanji artworks. So I will expose them to more foreigners through hanji picture making classes and exhibitions.”

The gallery is open to anyone who is interested in learning about hanji artworks. Particularly, foreigners are welcomed, Cho said.
At the gallery, visitors can enjoy the artworks, learn the art and drink traditional teas.

For more information, visit www.hanjigrim.com.

chungay@koreatimes.co.kr

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hanji Ladies Dinner .....UAE

Last night the Hanji ladies enjoyed a pleasant evening of eating Chinese food, chatting about our summer break and discussing our Hanji  happenings in the months to come.

I'll be starting a new 6 week beginner's class which I'm very excited about and Tricia, Monica, Barbara and Suzy will  meet up and continue on with their projects. Later in the year I plan on having an advanced class so students can build on the skills they've learnt in the beginner's classes.

If you live in the UAE and want more information on the classes check out my website

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hanji Happenings website up and running .....

Beautifully painted Korean fan
Well it's finally happened, my new Hanji Happenings website is up and running. Thank you for being so patient with my lack of posts.

It's been quite a challenge for me as I love new technology but I come unstuck with  computer terminology and  setting up domains, hosting plans,  FTPs etc. and making them all work. Luckily I found someone to work through it all with me step by step.

I do love the creative side of technology though so thanks to my trusty Apple computer setting up the web pages has gone quite smoothly.  I still have things to do to get it all up and running so please bear with me and check back when you can.  

The rest of my time at the moment is in preparing for a new beginners class to start in early September.  I will be working more on the creative side of Hanji really soon as I have lots of new ideas for projects that I'll reveal as time goes on ........

Please  note ***

 I've changed my email address to  jancoveney@hanjiartist.com 

My website is at www.hanjiartist.com


Tea house window - Jeonju


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer, travel, family and friends .......


I've just returned after a wonderful summer of meeting up with family and friends in different parts of the world.  The travel has been exhausting but the time refreshing as we only get the opportunity to meet up once or twice a year.  Living in different countries as an expat over the last 12 years has had it's disadvantages,  not least of all being away from my family and loved ones for a length of time.  It has been difficult but, it has also had it's advantages  as it's opened up  many new opportunities for me to make more friends and to explore different cultures and their crafts.

It has given me time to explore all things Hanji as I  work on my projects, conduct classes, develop worksheets and travel to meet other Hanji artists.

I've attempted to keep up with the Hanji Happenings postings over the summer but have not done as many as I would have liked.  I hope you'll all bear with me.

Now I'm back in the UAE I've been working on developing my hanji website and setting up Hanji ibooks.  I'll tell you more as time goes on.



Some more of Trinity's lovely work ......

 If you happen to be anywhere near Scottsdale Art Gallery in Tasmania, Australia pop in and take a look at Trinity's lovely work ..... 

 I was really impressed with her 6 foot high tree lamp in the foyer of the gallery. 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Trinity Cleary ......Tasmanian Hanji Artist


Last week during my travels to Australia I was fortunate enough to meet up with a fellow Hanji artist, Kyung Young Moon in Scotsdale, Tasmania.  I'd seen her work and was anxious to meet this lady in person.


She is a Korean who has been based in Tasmania for the past 6 years.  Her worked is exhibited in galleries around Australia including the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. Her background is in Fine Arts and Industrial design and therefore she's been able to bring those skills to this craft by designing new pieces and painting on the articles she has made.

For the last 3 years Trinity, as she calls herself, has been one of the celebrity artists at the Deloraine Craft Fair in Tasmania.

Here is an excerpt from an article in the Tasmania Mercury by Nick Clark in November, 2011.
'A KOREAN interpretation of the Tasmanian landscape and lifestyle is behind much of the hanji paper work of paper artist Trinity Cleary.
Her persimmon tree and other works are on display at the Tasmanian Craft Fair at Deloraine.
Ms Cleary's work is one of the highlights of the four-day fair, which started with a bumper crowd yesterday.
"I want to be Tasmanian but actually I'm a Korean and cannot change all my brain and my Korean background and thinking," she said.
"I'm Korean but it's made in Tasmania. The lamps are made of wire, plastic and the hanji paper, which was used for centuries to insulate Korean houses.
"In Korea it is quite difficult to have a garden - people just have a little pot."
Ms Cleary, now of Scottsdale, became a paper artist after studying industrial design.'





This lovely lady met me at the Scotsdale Art studio where her work is being exhibited locally  and we chatted about what it's like doing Hanji in Australia and the triumphs and trials of exhibiting and selling in Art galleries around the country.

Trinity's experiences have seen her overcome many hurdles thrown at her through government legislations in Australia but through a sheer determination to succeed she has worked through them and is now able to show her work confidently and creatively.

What I took away from this meeting was that I'd made a new friend and that if you have a passion for something then go for it, don't let small obstacles stand in your way.

If you wish to see more of her work for sale then you can go to this site:

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hanji then and now ......


Here is a guest article on Hanji by Lucy Faraday written especially for Hanji Happenings. 

Lucy is 29 years old and has been working full-time as a professional writer and researcher for five years; in that time she's covered pretty much everything but as an amateur artist and photographer she tends to focus on the arts.

Hanji 
Hanji is both a form of acid-free handmade paper originating from Korea, crafted from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree (chomok), and an artform. For the Korean people hanji is a way of life, with hanji being used for a multitude of different everyday purposes. From its early days as use for recording government documents, hanji has been used for anything from window coverings and ropes through to books, ornaments and household goods. There are three sub-species of mulberry growing in different climatic areas of Korea, which give different qualities of paper, ideally suited to different uses, from calligraphy through to wall paper. 


The Origins of Hanji
While the origins of hanji are not clear, it is thought that it was introduced by monks from China, sometime between the 2-4th century, who are later documented as having introduced the paper into Japan. Physically, hanji is finely textured, smooth to the touch and has a translucent sheen. Today, the paper can be bought in a range of different colours, some patterned, for various uses although finding genuine handmade hanji anywhere other than Korea is difficult.


Hanji as an Art Form
Hanji is perhaps best known in the western world as an art form, with the paper giving rise to the name by which it is recognised across continents. It is perhaps most at home though in the Insa-dong district of Seoul – a popular tourist destination – which overflows with traditional Korean culture and art. Here you can purchase hanji paper in almost any hue you could imagine and a multitude of different articles made from it.
Hanji comes either in two or three dimensional designs. In the two dimensional designs, pieces of hanji are shaped and fastened to a base paper, much like a textured painting. Three dimensional designs are made using a similar method to papier mache, in which pieces of hanji are immersed in a paste and then used to mould the desired shape, whether a bowl or a piece of sculpture.
There are three traditional forms of hanji, called jiho, jiseung and jido. Jiho is a method of soaking scraps of hanji in water before adding them to glue, which can then be used to form articles such as bowls. In Jiseung, strips of hanji are corded or woven to make household items – mats, trays and similar items. In Jido a frame, perhaps of card, is used to glue pieces of hanji to, building up layers to give strength and rigidity to the finished item.


Public Exhibitions 
Recent exposure at the 2012 Hanji Project, held at various locations in New York exemplified the diversity of hanji crafts, showcasing the work of over 80 artists and designers, with exhibits of traditional art through to contemporary, as well as fashion.
Should you be able to travel, other “must go” dates for 2012 to put in your diaries are: 
  • Adhesion Paradox, featuring the work of Seung Chul Lee, at the Artgate Gallery on West 27th Street, NY, which still has a few days left to run – finishing on 21 July 2012.
  • The work of Suh Jeong Min, showing at the JanKossen Contemporary Gallery in Basle between July 5th and September29th 2012.
  • The 12th Wonju Hanji Festival in Wonju, Gangwon-du, running from 9-12 September 2012.

Classes and Workshops
The beauty of a craft such as hanji is that you can experiment and teach yourself techniques, developing your own unique and individual style. There are sometimes classes available should you wish to learn established and traditional techniques. The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland Ohio, in the US, is dedicated to the art of papermaking and runs workshops. In a similar vein, The Hanji Crew have a website dedicated to hanji and also run classes for anyone interested. You may also be able to purchase hanji through them. Should you be able to visit Korea, there are various companies running tours which include traditional Korean culture, including hanji workshops. 


Literature about Hanji 
Finding books in English about hanji appears to be almost as difficult as finding supplies of genuine paper. One book which has been published in June of this year (2012) is “Hanji – Everything You Need to Know about Traditional Korean Paper”, written by Lee Seung Chul, ISBN 9788932316185. Another publication is a paperback from the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University titled “Contemporary Korean Paper Art”.  This is an exhibition catalogue dating from 1985 and may be difficult to source. A third publication in English is “Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea: Tradition, Modernity and Identity” by Yong-na Kim, ISBN 9781565912151. While none of these may be cheap books, for anyone looking to explore the art form of hanji or for whom it is already a passion, the availability of any publications in English is treasure.  Presumably there is a much wider market to explore in Korean books, but as of yet this does not appear to have filtered through to the English speaking sector.