Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean Papermaking with Aimee Lee

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November 16th, 2013 6:30 PM

Aimee Lee, the leading American scholar on Korean papermaking and author of award-winning Hanji Unfurled, will share her journey through the history, practice, and use of hanji. She will also share her efforts to bring these ancient but endangered practices to the U.S.

 

Korean papermaking has a history almost as long as papermaking itself. Korean paper, known 
as hanji, is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree, renowned for its long and strong 
fibers. This makes hanji ideal for an array of applications, from uses in the home and studio 
to experiments in robotics, cuisine, and audio engineering. Aimee Lee, the leading American 
scholar on Korean papermaking and author of award-winning Hanji Unfurled, will share her 
journey through the history, practice, and use of hanji. She will also share her efforts to bring 
these ancient but endangered practices to the U.S. These stories will be accompanied by images 
and videos of her research that depict the current state of Korean papermaking and related arts, 
further illuminated by samples of hanji and artwork made of this lustrous and durable paper.
Aimee Lee is an artist who works in paper, book, and installation arts. She holds a BA in Visual 
Arts from Oberlin College and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia 
College Chicago. She researched Korean paper arts as a Fulbright fellow and built the first 
Korean papermaking studio in North America in 2010 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. 
In 2012, The Legacy Press published her book, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean 
Papermaking, honored by the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2013. She travels widely to lecture, 
teach, exhibit, and serve as a resident artist. Visit aimeelee.net for more information.

Saturday November 16th, 2013 | 6:30pm-8:30pm

Korean papermaking has a history almost as long as papermaking itself. Korean paper, known 
as hanji, is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree, renowned for its long and strong 
fibers. This makes hanji ideal for an array of applications, from uses in the home and studio 
to experiments in robotics, cuisine, and audio engineering. Aimee Lee, the leading American 
scholar on Korean papermaking and author of award-winning Hanji Unfurled, will share her 
journey through the history, practice, and use of hanji. She will also share her efforts to bring 
these ancient but endangered practices to the U.S. These stories will be accompanied by images 
and videos of her research that depict the current state of Korean papermaking and related arts, 
further illuminated by samples of hanji and artwork made of this lustrous and durable paper.
Aimee Lee is an artist who works in paper, book, and installation arts. She holds a BA in Visual 
Arts from Oberlin College and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia 
College Chicago. She researched Korean paper arts as a Fulbright fellow and built the first 
Korean papermaking studio in North America in 2010 at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. 
In 2012, The Legacy Press published her book, Hanji Unfurled: One Journey into Korean 
Papermaking, honored by the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2013. She travels widely to lecture, 
teach, exhibit, and serve as a resident artist. Visit aimeelee.net for more information.