Books and Portfolios
In this first English-language book about hanji, Aimee Lee shares her experience as a Korean–American artist and Fulbright fellow on her search for a traditional Korean papermaking teacher. Of the handful of American hanji researchers, she is the only one to have interacted with Koreans in their own language while simultaneously learning the craft. This book follows her journey as she met papermakers, scholars, and artists from bustling cities to traditional Korean villages to Buddhist temples to island outposts.
This project was a labor of love, a physical embodiment of our collective attempt to come together after a devastating 2020-21 marked by a global pandemic and increased anti-Asian hate crimes culminating in the death of 8 people in Atlanta, 6 of whom were Asian women. We, the Korean American Artist Collective (KAAC), gathered 23 Korean American women to contribute artwork, essays, and poems in the spirit of JEONG (정), a Korean concept that roughly translates to connection and solidarity.
The series, Papermaker’s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper encompasses all of the papermaking and paper arts, including decorated papers – historical and current. Edited by Tatiana Ginsberg, Volume 1 is out of print, but Aimee is providing her essay in PDF format here.
The series, Papermaker’s Tears: Essays on the Art and Craft of Paper, encompasses all of the papermaking and paper arts, including decorated papers – historical and current. Edited by Tatiana Ginsberg, Aimee’s essay is a continuation of her work on tool and equipment builders for hand papermaking, titled “The Toolmakers – Those Who Build So We Can Make. Part II: Ronald Macdonald and Howard Clark.”
FOREWORD: Black & brown hands in Book Arts/Histories & Print Making/Cultures represents the first in the series and serves as an ongoing conversation between our membership in celebration of the historical and contemporary book arts, print artistry, and traditions in diasporic and global majority communities within the United States and around the world.