Showing posts from June, 2012

Summer break .....

Apologies if my posts become less frequent over the next few weeks as I'm currently on a summer break in Australia visiting family and friends who I haven't seen for the last year. I will be exploring any Hanji options open to people in Australia and I'll keep you up to date with what's going on in this part of the world. If you're reading this blog and you know of any Hanji group in Australia I'd love to hear from you...........

On reflection ......

During my recent trip to South Korea I noticed that  the Andong Paper Factory showroom was filled with many large items of hanji covered with intricate patterns and designs.  I marveled at the many pieces but didn't understand how they could all be made available for sale, personally if I'd put hours and hours into a large piece of work I'd be reluctant to put it up for sale.  
I really wanted to have a lesson with the lady who was making them and after a lot of negotiating I managed to book  one for myself and my friends.
When I lived in Korea, maybe it was because I was taught to do Hanji the  'old school' way by a very traditional Korean lady,  but I only knew of cutouts being done by hand.  They took me a long time so I was wondering how on earth I could make a lovely jewelry box in a 3 hour lesson !!  
Gui - Sook Yang's workshop had the answer.  
She had a huge room filled with cardboard cutouts made up and stacked ready for decorating, papers were of every…

Summer Hanji workshops in Minnesota ....

The HANJI CREWbased in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota  in the United States are a group of  adoptive mums with Korean children with a passion for doing Hanji. 

This small business is a place where they can make and sell their products at regular sales events as well as online with donations from their proceeds  going to adoption-related agencies, so that they can keep connected. It's truly a worthwhile cause.
If you live in the the Minnesota area in the U.S. you may be interested in attending one of their summer Hanji workshops with projects for every level from beginners to experts. The base group are adoptive mums but anyone is welcome to attend with previous events catering for people from all walks of life. 

The upcoming workshops  are to be held at  Korean Heritage Housefrom 6 -9pm at :
July 11  July 25 August 8  August 22

To register, send an email to

Miniature hanji table ...

As I wind down and try to get projects finished before summer I wanted to make one last thing before I head off to Australia and Europe to meet up with my children, grandchildren and  friends that we've kept in touch with during the 12 years we've been travelling the world and living and working as expats.
When I was in Korea with my Hanji friends I was given a small kit and at the time, I had no idea what I was going to do with it as I saw the kit as a bit of a challenge.  I wanted to choose a paper that didn't have too big a pattern so as to overshadow the shape and design of the piece and also to choose a colour that would take a small cutout on top.
Because of the size of the piece, at just 15 cms long and 9.5 cms tall everything was going to be fiddly. 
After much deliberation I chose a two tone grey patterned paper with swirls on it and a light grey plain paper for the inside of the cabinet and the outside of the drawer. For the inside of the drawer I chose one of my…

Online Mulberry paper supplier ....

Check out this website  Handmade paper supplier for some fantastic papers you can order online. Go to the handmade Mulberry papers section or, to find the paper most suitable for doing Hanji, do a search for Korean papers and all the new stock will come up. 
They have great range of different papers and I know that they have some new stock in  from Korea and that they're fabulous.
You can also check them out on Facebook .
The company is based in Michigan, in the U.S., so if you live in that area then pop into their shop. 
Creative Papers Online Handmade Paper
738 Airport Blvd. Ste. 2  Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 Fax or Phone: (734)-961-4100 or 1-800-PAPER-40 (727-3740)

I believe they are mainly  an online business that has been going for about 9 years so they have plenty of experience in their field. They will send papers all over the world.

Hanji Worksheets

If you're interested in doing Hanji yourself and you want to begin with some basic designs I'm now able to help you by making them available here on my blog.

The worksheets consist of 4 or 5 pages of instruction including:

1) Materials needed
2) A detailed drawing template with measurements
3) Cutout pattern/s
4) Step by step instructions including full colour photos of
     each  stage
5) Extra tips

I'll be expanding the list of items over the coming months so please keep looking.  If you have any specific requests please  email me and I'll do my best to help.

Keep checking the sidebar to the right to see what's available