Articles by Aimee
Articles about Aimee
Hanji screen making
A brief overview of making bamboo screens necessary for making hanji, Korean handmade paper. Only one master screenmaker remains in Korea, and he provides screens for papermills all over the country. Yu Bae Geun was also a papermaker and is currently Jeolla-do’s intangible property holder in screen making.
Building the first Korean papermaking studio in the USA
The process of building a hanji (Korean paper) studio at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first facility of its kind in the U.S., dedicated to making and sharing the craft of Korean papermaking in a space that can also be adjusted to make other Eastern papers. Aimee Lee was the resident artist and hanji scholar who worked with Tom Balbo and his staff, volunteers, and interns, to create this unique studio.
Webal tteugi technique: hanji sheet formation
A video companion to page 61 of Hanji Unfurled (thelegacypress.com/lee_page.html), which describes in both words and images how two-ply sheets of hanji (Korean paper) are made. Aimee Lee demonstrates at the hanji vat in Cleveland at the Morgan Conservatory’s Anne F. Eiben Hanji Studio in 2013.
PBS Ideastream Aimee Lee: Art of Making Hanji
Aimee Lee is the leading researcher and maker of hanji — Korean paper — in North America and she travels the world to teach, while also teaching locally at Oberlin College, her alma mater, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She won a 2019 Ohio Arts Council Heritage Fellowship. And once artist Aimee Lee makes the paper, she uses it as a medium for more art.
Here’s artist Aimee Lee showing us the art of making hanji.
Paper Talk podcast interview
Aimee Lee is an artist, papermaker, writer, and the leading hanji researcher and practitioner in North America. Her Fulbright research on Korean paper led to her award-winning book, Hanji Unfurled, and the first US hanji studio in Cleveland. She continues to consult on and build studios to accommodate Korean and East Asian papermaking.
Hanji in Cleveland
For a stretch of six summer weeks, I was the artist-in-residence at the Morgan Conservatory, a papermaking and book arts facility in Cleveland that has a paper mill, gallery, letterpress and print studio, garden to grow papermaking and dyeing plants, bindery, and so much more. My task: building a Korean papermaking studio for the site and teaching a hanji class in August 2010.
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.
Mungyeong Hanji 2014
A visit to Mungyeong Hanji in North Gyeongsang Province during the International Hanji Seminar. Mr. Kim and his father showed us their current paper mill as well as their old mill, now a museum, and the dak they had harvested and steamed outdoors. December 17, 2014.
Kadoide Washi 2014
A visit to Kadoide Washi in Niigata Prefecture, headed by Yasuo Kobayashi, a venerated papermaking elder who has trained and inspired countless papermakers around the world. This visit came on the heels of the annual kozo harvest and also coincided with a group of Israelis traveling with Izhar Neumann, another papermaker who kindly interpreted throughout. Nov 2014.
Jiseung / noyeokgae: paper weaving
Using hanji (Korean handmade paper), a mind-boggling array of objects can be woven from hand-corded strips of paper. This craft from of weaving paper in Korea is called jiseung (formally known as noyeokgae), and my teacher, Na Seo Hwan, is a 3rd-generation master based in Seoul. For five months, I visited his home weekly, sometimes more, for lessons that were six to eight hours long. His wife would prepare delicious meals and snacks to sustain us as we sat on the floor, spinning, weaving, and sharing histories.
This was one of the most rich and unexpected aspects of my Fulbright research. Images include objects by my teacher, and the process of making a chamber pot, lantern, teacups, etc. Feb – June 2009.
Paper Road Exchange
The Silk Road Cultural Festival in Korea, which displays the cultures of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Zarif Muhtorov of Uzbekistan and maker of Samarkand paper, and Jang Yong Hoon, an intangible heritage practitioner and maker of hanji, presented a paper exchange at the National Palace Museum in Seoul. November 28, 2008.
Wonju Traditional Hanji
This mill is run by Yoon Soon Hil, the widow of Kim Yeong Yon, who was a scholar turned papermaker who was committed to the ongoing preservation of hanji. His book was released posthumously, covering his years of hanji research, and includes two articles by Dorothy Field, an artist from Canada who studied with him immediately before his untimely death. November 2008.
A papermill run by Jang Eung Yeall, a 3rd generation papermaker, and his wife. His father originally made paper in North Korea, and they now run the mill in Wonju because of the water quality. Wonju Hanji has been operating for about 20 years (as of 2008) and uses only Korean mulberry bark rather than importing from overseas. November 2008.
Hanji in Uiryeong by Shin Hyun-se
A visit to a traditional Korean papermaker, Shin Hyun-se, in the southernmost province of mainland Korea. Bo Kyung Kim of
Fides International invited me to a video shoot of the process of making hanji. Few practitioners are left today, and this particular one supplies Fides with high quality conservation-grade paper.
A visit to the largest handmade paper factory in Korea: Andong Hanji. They have about 20 employees, ranging from paper technicians to artisans who create a wide array of hanji objects that are for sale on site. There is also a large museum space and areas for children to learn how to pull paper. November 2008.