Friday, January 9, 2015

'Hanji - from paper to purpose' exhibition, etc ......

 2015 is shaping up to be one of my most exciting Hanji years yet.




I'll be holding a Hanji exhibition here in Adelaide entitled 'Hanji - from paper to purpose', from April 3rd to 26th at Mrs Harris' Shop Gallery in Torrensville, just 10 mins from the city of Adelaide.

This means a lot of work between now and then as I look forward to making some new pieces of Hanji, including a new photographic collection as well as a Traditional Korean and a modern collection. I will not only display and have for sale pieces of my Hanji but also, I'll be explaining what Hanji is all about with posters and pictures of paper making, along with hands on demonstrations and an audio visual display.

As far as I'm aware this is a first for Adelaide  and I look forward to including the Korean community in this event.


After the exhibition I'll be heading to South Korea to attend the Jeonju Hanji Culture festival which is expected to take place on the first weekend in May.  I visited this Festival in 2002 when I was living there and I'm looking forward to seeing how it's changed and grown over the years as well as to support a Canadian friend of mine, Natalie Thibault, who will most likely have a stall and be the only non Korean to do so.

When I return to Seoul I'll be doing a month long course of Hanji instruction from a well known Korean artist in Seoul.  Whilst there I'll have the opportunity to brush up on my techniques as well as learning new ones. As I'm sure you're aware, it's important  to have feed back on your work so you can continue to grow in your chosen field. Doing Hanji away from Korea normally means doing it on your own with no one else to throw ideas around with so this is where building a community of ex pat hanji lovers through the blog and on social media is so important.

With these plans in place and a renewed resolution to keep up my postings for another year I can't wait to move forward and see what's in store for me as I continue on my Hanji journey.

My inspirational saying for 2015 is

 " ....if you fail to plan you plan to fail " 
 by Benjamin Franklin

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