|Aimee Lee’s Korean Papermaking Techniques Class|
One of my favorite parts of the Center for Book Arts—and what drew me to them in the first place—is the huge diversity of classes offered. For this week’s Friday Insights, I thought it would be fitting to explore the educational side of the Center by looking at a recent workshop: Paper like Leather, Bark like Thread: Korean Papermaking Techniques.
On February 4th and 5th, the Center for Book Arts hosted a workshop on traditional Korean paper techniques—including paper felting, cording, and weaving—and non-traditional applications, taught by Aimee Lee. Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who works in paper, book, performance, installation, and text arts. Her post-graduate research as a Fulbright fellow focused on Korean papermaking. She complimented her papermaking research with studies in paper weaving, paper felting, natural dyeing, and calligraphy, and shares these in lectures and workshops while traveling as a resident artist. Over the course of two days, students in her workshop created unique pieces of paper art that can be used as covers for books, clothing accessories (such as pins), or stand-alone display pieces of artwork.
Korean paper, known as hanji, is a type of paper known for its long and strong fibers. Made from the inner bark of the Paper Mulberry tree, hanji has multiple applications in an array of book and fiber arts. Mixing hanji with water allowed the students to try a felting and collage technique called joomchi which makes a textured paper.
|Some of Aimee’s work.|
Students also experimented with techniques that allowed them to make hanji yarn, thread, and bark lace. Aimee Lee also demonstrated jiseung, or paper weaving, which she used in the picture seen at the left. Aimee has an extensive collection of amazing photos here of some of her work with this technique.
After only two days, the students in Aimee’s class were able to experiment extensively with these new techniques. Some had no prior experience to the process, yet were able to bring home something beautiful. If you stop by the Center for Book Arts right before closing or on weekends, odds are, a class is either going on or about to start. The Center has wonderful teachers from all over the bookbinding, paper arts, and letterpress world, and even if you have never touched a bone folder before (I know I never did) you’ll be guaranteed to learn something new and create something beautiful. Even in a weekend!
For a full schedule of classes: http://www.centerforbookarts.org/classes/
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