Monday, May 6, 2013

Symbolism and meanings ...........

I've just spent all my 'spare' time over the last week trying out different types of paper and card in my new cutting machine. Some things have gone well and others haven't been as successful but, overall I'm really pleased  with the options it now gives me for new designs for classes and expanding with my Hanji business.

It cuts the thicker black paper really well but with the thinner papers you need to be much more careful about your choice of designs annd the speed at which you cut.

I'm currently scanning all my designs into the computer to have them available for future projects. I must admit that I've been a bit slow at this as I like to take time looking at all the wonderful designs and working out what each of them means and a possible project I could use it for.  

There is so much symbolism in every design and what looks to me like a nice picture or interesting border usually has so many levels of hidden meaning.
I'm currently working on writing a book  on Hanji, in English, with  a short history of the craft and including a section on Korean symbols and their meanings as well as some easy patterns to get you started. It's a project I've wanted to do for a while but time has been limited. It's a new challenge that I'm really looking forward to.


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