Articles by Aimee
Articles about Aimee
Amalia Donastorg, “Orange Art Center Presents eegut juhgut,” CAN Journal, Fall 2018
Jiseung: Korean paper basketry
Jiseung is the process of cording and twining hanji (Korean paper) by a master weaver, Na Seo Hwan. He is a 3rd-generation master who learned from his father, who learned from his grandfather. He has also developed a more effective and efficient way of cording paper, which is different from the way most jiseung artists work. This ancient paper craft, known formally as noyeokgae, still exists in Korea today but the intense labor, time, and strength required for it means that very few masters remain, and even fewer serious disciples.
One Artist’s Audacious Pursuit of Traditional Korean Hanji
In Korea, there’s a saying that “Good silk lasts 100 years, good hanji lasts 1,000 years.” Hanji, a special paper, is made through a complex, centuries-old process that combines mulberry tree pulp and hand threading. Aimee Lee, a Korean-American artist, received a Fulbright fellowship to learn the craft in Korea. There, she studied with master hanji-maker Jang Seong-woo. Despite being a male-dominated practice, Lee excelled. Her perseverance, audacity and aptness for hanji impressed her mentor so much, that he now refers to Lee as a colleague. Today, she’s the leading hanji weaver in the United States, and has dedicated her career to teaching others this ancient Korean practice.
Creative Voice Korean Art Workshop
Michigan-based journalist Jennifer Conlin (New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine) conceived of Creative Voice as a response to the reduction of arts and cultural journalistic coverage and criticism by traditional media. Creative Voice is produced by Artrain whose mission is to deliver discovery and – through the galvanizing power of arts and culture – transform lives, organizations and communities.
DIY Oberlin Part II
In her second episode with Aimee, Abby Aresty visits Aimee’s studio for DIY Oberlin on WOBC 90.5, August 22, 2023. This studio visit ranges from beating pulp and pulling European-style sheets, to bark lace printed hanbok, bark thread work in progress, paper bricks, dyeing with coreopsis, and much more.
Paper Talk podcast interview
Artist Aimee Lee is the author of Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking, newly published by The Legacy Press. She built the first Hanji studio in North America at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio.
Natural Dyeing in Seoul
After meeting Lee Myung Sun in Seoul, I studied natural dyeing from him and his wife, who run a dyeing and clothing shop. He had learned traditional dyeing techniques from women living in villages in the Korean mountains. Lessons were loosely scheduled, and I could come and go as I pleased, and they always insisted on feeding all of their students and guests who happened to be around during lunchtime huge homemade feasts. They also always welcomed friends and visits from foreign guests. I mostly dyed silk scarves, but also did my own experimentation with hanji (Korean handmade paper). Feb – June, 2009.
Haystack Open Studio Residency 2015
10 working days in Deer Isle, Maine at the Haystack Mt. School of Crafts Open Studio Residency. The first half of June was rainy, cold, and windy, but ideal for hunkering down in the studio(s) in the company of other fabulous makers. A sampling of work, mostly ducks, made on site out of hanji, using jiseung techniques. May 31 – June 11, 2015.