The Magic of Korean Papermaking Workshop


In collaboration with the Glassell School of Art

Hanji Aimee Lee

Lecture and workshop at University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies. © Aimee Lee.

In this process-focused workshop, students learn how to make one style of hanji (Korean paper) from raw-paper mulberry bark. By working together, students complete various steps to prepare raw materials for sheet formation in the gadum tteugi method. Bark considered too tough to make paper will be transformed into bark lace for future applications in fiber, sculpture, and books. This class is ideal for those with papermaking experience who want to learn East Asian techniques and those interested in the history and folklore of hanji, but is open to all levels.

Related Event

The Legacy and Future of Korean Papermaking lecture
Friday, April 12, 2019 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Asia Society Texas Center
Admission: Free for ASTC Members, $8 for Nonmembers. Admission is included in the April 13–14 workshop fee.

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About the Artist

Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in North America. (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Columbia College Chicago). Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled (The Legacy Press) and the first-ever American hanji studio, located in Cleveland. She specializes in creating and expanding spaces and studios to accommodate Korean and East Asian papermaking and teaches, lectures, exhibits, and is collected internationally.

Aimee Lee’s main material is paper and her central concern is how we use and consider it. She makes paper from abundant native and invasive species, which involves harvesting plants, processing raw material into pulp, forming sheets, and drying. With this paper, Lee makes thread, sculpture, books, drawings, prints, garments, and installations. Natural dyes and finishes add color and sheen while joomchi methods of texturing and fusing paper change the nature of paper with water and hydrogen bonding.

Most of her work is rooted in hanji (Korean paper) and its traditions. She especially loves jiseung, a method of cording strips of paper to twine like baskets, practiced hundreds of years ago to reuse scraps of precious paper. Lee is drawn to stories of repurposed paper, where civil service examinations, birth certificates, and genealogy records were transformed into household vessels, secret messages, shoes, and symbolic gifts. She alters these forms by changing proportions, groupings, and surface design to see how older technologies and stories inform contemporary versions. These pieces challenge assumptions about paper’s strength and its capacity to be both itself and something still to be imagined.

This program is co-organized by Asia Society Texas Center and The Glassell School of Art. Exhibitions and related programs at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support also comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., The Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, Nanako and Dale Tingleaf, and Ann Wales. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.

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Wells Fargo

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Event Details

Sat 13 Apr 2019 - Sun 14 Apr 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Glassell School of Art

5101 Montrose Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77006


$240 for entire workshop. This fee also includes lecture at Asia Society Texas Center on Friday, April 12.
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