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The World of Korean Papermaking

  • Ox-Bow 3435 Rupprecht Way Saugatuck, MI, 49453 (map)

PRINT 645 001, 1 week, 1 credit hour, Lab Fee $50

In this course, students will learn the process of making hanji (Korean paper) from raw paper mulberry bark, as well as methods of manipulating paper—both made in class and imported from Korea. By working together students will complete various steps to prepare the raw materials for sheet formation in both heullim tteugi and gadum tteugi techniques. Bark considered too tough to make paper will be transformed into bark lace for fiber, sculpture, and book applications. Hanji of varied colors and types will be used to fuse (joomchi), cord and weave (jiseung), and spin into thread. Alongside the unique history and folklore of hanji, the instructor will share her own hybrid methods of using this durable and malleable substrate. This is an ideal course for students interested in the depth and breadth of East Asian paper traditions, paper's role in material culture, and the experience of manual labor and patience to sustain a time-tested craft.

From the mud , hanji, dye, thread. 12” x 10”, 2016, Photo by Stefan Hagen

From the mud, hanji, dye, thread. 12” x 10”, 2016, Photo by Stefan Hagen


Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in the United States. She earned her BA from Oberlin College and her MFA from Columbia College Chicago). Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first US hanji studio in Cleveland. She has taught and lectured at the American Museum of Natural History, Asian Art Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art Paper Conservation Department, Oberlin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Mills College, University of the Arts, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Center for Book Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Peters Valley School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, and North Bennett Street School. Her artist books reside in library collections that include the Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection, Indiana University, Museum of Modern Art, and Yale University.