From India with love ....
|Luana Rubin, Pam Holland and myself|
I've been fortunate enough to have spent the last 3 months travelling throughout Europe, on holiday with my husband, then back to Australia to spend time with my three children and their families and on Saturday I returned from a 2 week trip to India with my sister, Pam Holland, and her friend, Luana Rubin.
I have so many fresh ideas for what I'd like to achieve in the next few years that I'm feeling quite excited at what the future holds for myself and my love of Hanji. Before travelling I was wondering how I'd cope being away from my Hanji studio for such a long time and not being able to create something tangible everyday but in heinsight, I think it's done the soul good to redirect my energies and to can come back to what I love best, afresh and renewed.
During my travels I took lots of photographs along the way and I enjoyed capturing the special moments of people I met, places I saw and experiences shared. My thoughts at times were a long way from creating Hanji pieces but always in the back of my mind was the idea of how can I use my experiences to improve my craft.
Hanji isnt like most crafts where you can meet someone in any country with your similar interest. Travelling with Pam and Luana, who are both into textile arts, made me realise that they can share their love of textiles anywhere they travel in the world and in fact we met up with a lovely lady, Anju, who runs a quilting group in New Delhi.
Currently Hanji's following is limited to those who are either Korean by birth or to those who may have been in contact with the culture through adopting a Korean child or living in the country as an expat for a length of time.
I really hope this will soon change as it has so much to offer as a craft and as an art form.