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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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