Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean papermaking .....

I'm delighted to share with you the Press Release on Oct. 23rd, 2012 of a new English book on Hanji, by Aimee Lee.

I wrote about Aimee Lee in my blog post, Paper making... a short film ..., on Oct. 6th and I was thrilled to hear from her this week about her newly released book which is now available.

I hope that all of you who are interested in Hanji will support Aimee by buying her book. I've ordered mine already !!

It's so important that more is known around the world about this wonderful product and how and why it can be used in so many different ways.

Top Scholar and Artist Writes First American Book on Korean Papermaking

(October 23, 2012, Ann Arbor, Mich.) 

The Legacy Press has released the debut book by artist Aimee Lee about Korean papermaking called Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking (ISBN 9780979797446, hard cover, 208 pp, 10 x 7 inches, full color, 300+ illustrations, $35.00). 

In the first English-language book about hanji, or Korean handmade paper, Lee recounts stories of meeting papermakers, scholars, and artists from Korean cities, villages, Buddhist temples, and island outposts. Interwoven with personal anecdotes from her yearlong Fulbright Fellowship, Lee describes the process of making and using hanji from harvesting trees to carefully weaving the finished paper into a sculptural vessel.

To highlight the importance of hanji and address its endangered status, Lee built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America in 2010 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. She travels across the U.S. to teach and lecture about hanji and related crafts and maintains free digital archives online. Lee's workshops routinely draw students from around the U.S. and abroad, and her informational videos have received over 600,000 hits.

"This book is a valuable resource, a must-read not only for papermakers but for anyone interested in perpetuating honored traditions into an environmentally responsible future." —Melissa Jay Craig, paper sculptor/book artist.

"Aimee is an accomplished writer, and through Hanji Unfurled, she has communicated her valuable perspectives as artist, papermaker, and bilingual ambassador for Korean paper arts." —Cathleen A. Baker, proprietor of The Legacy Press (est. 1997), which promotes the printing, paper, and bookbinding arts.

Author Profile

Aimee Lee, a visual artist and papermaker, was born in New York City and researched Korean paper arts on a Fulbright Fellowship (2008-2009). She holds a BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her artwork is exhibited internationally and resides in collections that include the Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Library. She travels widely to teach and lecture at colleges, museums, and arts centers while writing about her research and providing hanji resources at aimeelee.net.

For more information about Hanji Unfurled or to schedule an interview, please contact Aimee Lee at contact@aimeelee.net or visit aimeelee.net.

Here is the link to her book page online (where you can  order copies).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Teaching & Sharing .....

I'm not sure where this came from and apologies if it's copyrighted but I think this says it all ......

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hanji Craft Classes, Seoul ......

imageHanji Craft Class, Fri 19th Oct 2012
Itaewon, Seoul
Participants will make two multipurpose round-shaped boxes (10cmX12cm and 10cmX9cm)  using Korean traditional paper which is called hanji. Hanji is paper that is made from all natural ingredients and has been used in Korea for centuries. In the past it was used to make books and to cover windows and doors to keep out the wind. The paper is so durable that layered Hanji was even used as armor that could stop arrows. These boxes can be used to keep your accessories or small stuff on your dressing table or for keeping tea bags or candles in your kitchen. Also they make great gifts for friends or family back home as well.
in person at the Itaewon Global Village Center.

Come out of exit #2 of Itaewon Station (Line#6, Stop 630), walk straight 200m, and look for the Hannam Building which has a 7-Eleven convenience store on the first floor. The center is on the 5th floor of that building.

itaewon@sba.seoul.kr  or 02-2199-8884
Please visit: http://global.seoul.go.kr/itaewon/

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Hanji, outside of Korea ......


There are both disadvantages and advantages of not living in Korea and wanting to make Hanji articles.  You have some spare time and you feel like making something as a gift for a family member or friend or maybe you'd just like to be creative and make something for yourself.

The disadvantage of not being in Korea is that you can't just walk down the street and buy a pre cut kit, go home and make it up. You could spend some time on the internet and buy one through one of the online suppliers and wait a few weeks to get it delivered but, the spontaneity of the creation has gone by then and the time to do it may just not be there.

So, what will you do?

The advantage of not being in Korea is that you learn to make patterns and cut out your own designs. 

Over the years I've made many different things and each time I've drawn a pattern of the article, stored it away and then brought it out when I needed it again.  I've been making worksheets for the last 10 years mainly for my own use but more recently I've revised, updated and generally freshened up the patterns and am now using them in my Hanji classes and selling them online. 

This weekend I've been drawing the design and cutting out the cardboard for a Hanji four sided lamp

In my classes I teach the students how to draw designs and cut them out themselves so that in the future,  at any time and anywhere, they have the skills and the know how to make things themselves. It's always possible to buy kits online, as I mentioned earlier, and that is another option but to know the basics first is always an advantage. 

Sometimes good things can come out difficult situations.

Check out some of the patterns I have available here on my blog (right side panel).  I have many others so may be able to help you if you have a particular project in mind.
If you have a problems or need any more information just email me and I'll get back to you.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Paper making .... a short film ........

Don't forget to keep checking out my new WEBSITE.

I'm constantly updating and adding articles and today I've added a short film on traditional, Hanji paper making in South Korea which was taken last November during one of my trips to the Andong Paper Factory to buy more supplies.
It shows the making of the paper from the combining of the bark of the Paper Mulberry Tree (Dak in Korean) and the mucilage of the Hibiscus, to the drying of the sheets and putting it on the shelves ready for market.

Placing wet sheets of paper in a stack
My visit was on a weekend and I was amazed at the number of Japanese who were there buying the Korean paper which I am told is stronger and more versatile than the their papers due to the method of cross matching the fibres.  The shop was packed with locals as well as the Japanese businessmen wanting to buy paper from the factory as it's relatively cheap and they have a huge array of colours.
Removing impurities from the bleached bark

A  highly skilled job. Picking up the wet paper and putting it onto a hot metal plate.
You might also like to checkout the work of Aimee Lee  who has done a year's research on paper making in Korea as a Fulbright Fellow, part of which was under the master paper maker, Jang Ji Bang in Gapyeong, northeast of Seoul.  It's a smaller family run paper factory  and they have a shop in Insadong where you can buy their specialty papers.

It's been a while but I just have to share this ...... Bali paper making

Whilst on a holiday in Bali last week I began to wonder if anyone there did paper making.   After a lot of research I came u...