Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Hanji Edition is a limited edition portfolio featuring fine art prints on hanji (Korean handmade paper) by five professional artists.
Hanji Edition is a limited edition portfolio featuring fine art prints on hanji (Korean handmade paper) by five professional artists.
45 backers pledged $4,959 to help bring this project to life.

About

$4,959

45

Hanji Edition is a limited edition print portfolio, the first of its kind in North America. This portfolio, which will be entirely made of hanji (Korean handmade paper), is designed to highlight the beauty and versatile potential of hanji as a substrate for print. We have invited five distinguished artists who will each contribute a print on hanji, using processes ranging from letterpress, monotype, intaglio, mokuhanga (Japanese woodcut), giclée, and chine collé. As traditional hanji mills in Korea rapidly decline, our goal is to introduce artists and art appreciators to this material through the vehicle of print.

etching on hanji
etching on hanji

Hanji, which is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree, is a strong, sustainable, and versatile material with a history over 1,500 years old. Koreans developed their own unique method of sheetforming, which produces a strong two-ply paper of incredible luster and durability. 

hanji-making process: from bark to finished sheets.
hanji-making process: from bark to finished sheets.

For hundreds of years, hanji was an important part of daily Korean life and was used for printing, calligraphy, painting, interior design, lighting, boxes, bookcases, baskets, clothing, shoes, and even armor. But as for many slow, traditional handcrafts, hanji artisans now struggle with sustaining their craft in an age of rapid modernization. 

Korean paper in various forms.
Korean paper in various forms.

It is now rare to find hanji in its purest, most traditional form: handmade of the best materials, formed in the original Korean method, and free of harsh chemicals. Through this project, we hope to honor traditional Korean culture by using only the finest paper from Jangjibang, one of the few hanji mills in Korea devoted to making traditional hanji. This is Master Jang Seongwoo forming a sheet of hanji at Jangjibang:

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Please consider supporting the slow arts of hand papermaking and printmaking, and help us make something beautiful in the process! Feel free to peruse the list of carefully curated rewards that we have designed and produced especially for this fundraiser:

Hanji Edition was founded by two Korean-American printmakers, Steph Rue and Lars Kim, who share a passion for Korean print and papermaking. 

Steph (left) and Lars (right)
Steph (left) and Lars (right)

This project is produced entirely as a labor of love. All sale proceeds will go toward covering costs for this portfolio and hopefully future hanji-related projects. For more information, please visit the Hanji Edition website.

Risks and challenges

We do not anticipate any delays or problems in completing this project, as we are operating under a carefully planned timeline. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we anticipate completing this project on time.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Digitally printed postcard

    Receive a digitally printed postcard of artwork from the Hanji Edition portfolio.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Small hanji print

    Receive a small (A6), limited edition hanji print on handmade Korean paper, especially designed and letterpress printed by Hanji Edition.

    Includes:
    • Digitally printed postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Hanji Edition tote bag

    Receive a black tote bag printed with the Hanji Edition logo.

    Includes:
    • Digitally printed postcard
    • Small hanji print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Hanji sample pack

    Receive a hanji sample pack, chock full of beautiful examples of hanji in different weights, colors, and textures.

    Includes:
    • Digitally printed postcard
    • Small hanji print
    • Hanji Edition tote bag
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Hanji notebook

    Receive a stab-bound notebook, handmade by Steph, with decorated hanji covers and blank pages for you to fill with your own sketches and writing or to give as a gift. We will also send along a handwritten thank you note on our own handmade paper.

    Includes:
    • Digitally printed postcard
    • Small hanji print
    • Hanji Edition tote bag
    • Hanji sample pack
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    5 full sheets of Jangjibang hanji

    Receive 5 full sheets of exquisite Jangjibang hanji in various weights, handmade in Korea by master papermaker Jang Seongwoo. Ideal for artists, printmakers, designers, bookmakers, and paper enthusiasts.

    Includes:
    • Digitally printed postcard
    • Small hanji print
    • Hanji Edition tote bag
    • Hanji sample pack
    • Hanji notebook
    • Handwritten thank you note on handmade paper
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Hanji Edition portfolio

    The finest reward we can imagine: a finished Hanji Edition portfolio. The portfolio, which is limited to 20 copies, features 5 fine art prints, artist information, and an accompanying essay, all printed on handmade Korean paper and housed in a custom hanji enclosure. Visit the Hanji Edition website (hanjiedition.com) for more information.

    Includes:
    • Digitally printed postcard
    • Small hanji print
    • Hanji Edition tote bag
    • Hanji sample pack
    • Hanji notebook
    • Handwritten thank you note on handmade paper
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)