I just came across this old photo of myself and two other hanji crafters taken in the year 2000 in my tiny apartment in Andong, South Korea. It must have been taken in the very early days of learning how to do Hanji and I'm ashamed to say I don't remember the other ladies' names but I do believe that one of them use to teach English at a local High School. I wonder if they're still doing Hanji ?
I remember those days fondly when my Korean friend and neighbor Monica first introduced a small group of us to Hanji and how do make different things out of cardboard and paper. If she wasn't sure of what to do herself she'd get on the phone to her sister who lived in Wonju and she'd always be able to help us out.
In my spare time I'd spend hours searching the backstreets of Andong and Pusan trying to find Hanji shops and different papers for a variety of projects. It was great to be able to wander into a shop and thumb through hundreds of different papers and I'd usually come home with many more than I needed because I just couldn't leave some of them in the shop. I also found some interesting places that had a large variety of Hanji hardware and it was great to be able to choose the right pieces for particular items.
Things have changed a lot since those early days of doing Hanji as I don't have assess to a lot of the hands on advice and an abundance of supplies that I once had but it's forced me to become more creative with my choices and grow in my understanding and production of my Hanji artwork. I wonder what the next 10 years will bring? I'm excited by the prospect .....