Articles by Aimee
Articles about Aimee
PBS Traditions Ohio Heritage Fellows
As a child, Aimee Lee grew up in two worlds. Born in the United States and a child of immigrant parents, she was caught between ancient traditions and modern society. Her love of art and books would eventually lead Aimee to seek out her Korean heritage. From her home in Lyndhurst, Aimee is helping to preserve the ancient art of Korean papermaking. Aimee is a 2019 Ohio Heritage Fellow.
DIY Oberlin Part I
Abby Aresty interviews Aimee Lee for DIY Oberlin on WOBC 90.5, August 15, 2023. Aimee talks about how she got into art through music at Oberlin, and from artists’ books to papermaking to hanji, as well as the many different media she works in.
Cut the Craft
Aimee Lee weaves many aspects into being a craftsperson: she’s an artist, writer, and papermaker. In this episode, she highlights important terms like hanji (Korean paper) and jiseung (Korean paper basketry), and shares some of their history and practice. She highlights how important her relationships are to plants, land, and tradition, as well as how she synthesizes all of those things into her diverse practices. Episode 14, recorded Sept 12, 2020.
Chie Honma’s paper studio 2014
Honma-san is an independent papermaker who specializes in mitsumata paper (but also makes other kinds of paper), based in Tokyo. The building was her late grandmother’s house and has been transformed into a beautiful paper mill and shop downstairs, with a garden outside. Paul Denhoed kindly interpreted. Nov 2014.
Jang Ji Bang, a Korean papermill
Scenes from a January 2009 apprenticeship at a papermill in Gapyeong run by 3rd and 4th generation papermakers about an hour and a half north and east of Seoul.
I spent a month in the mountains, some of it bitter cold, working alongside a family devoted to hanji and all of its manifestations. They fed me three square meals six days a week and the air was fresh. Hard work + gorgeous paper + lovely coworkers = the best month I’ve had in recent memory.
To see a video on how hanji is made, click here.
Korean cultural heritage trip
About 30 international students living in Korea were granted a 3-day journey to Buyeo, the ancient capital of the Baekje kingdom from AD 538 to 660, and to Jeonju. Cram packed with museums, temples, traditional villages, eating, cooking, eating, tour buses, performances, lectures, eating, and making new friends.
The trip was sponsored by UNESCO-affiliated Intangible Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Korea National University of Culture Heritage’s Training Center for Traditional Culture. December 5-7, 2008.