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patience rewarded

January 5, 2013

I ordered Aimee Lee’s book Hanji Unfurled before Christmas and have been waiting impatiently for it to arrive

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it was worth the wait, in fact, I was up ’till 5 a.m. reading

although I will never take up paper making (it’s hard work and my body is getting too old)

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the story of Aimee’s study in Korea is fascinating, well written and illustrated

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the work she creates with hanji is unique, perfect and exquisite

 something I appreciate – she gives full credit to her mentors and teachers

Aimee’s note (top) is a neatly folded tiny package

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I unfolded and refolded it trying to figure out how it was made but it was a complete puzzle

until she posted an explanation and photos on her blog

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my first successful attempt is in the middle, a heavier paper one followed (can I do this with fabric?)

it really helps to draw (or stamp) a design on the folds as Aimee shows in her tutorial

this is too much fun, am I getting dotty in my old age??

thank you, Aimee, I’ve corrected the spelling of hanji

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  1. January 5, 2013 4:24 pm

    Jean, I’ve bookmarked Aimee page – it’s a wonderful fold. I have indigo seeds for you. I had the notice of your last fall studio tour notice, but I can’t find it now. I’ve now been told that old mails just know when to disappear. As the Aussies would say, bugga! do you want my phone number – I want your address so I can see your shibori weave and the work with paper yarn. I’ll bring my new lace book… Susan

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    • January 5, 2013 5:33 pm

      Susan – Aimee is so creative and she works so-o hard, it’s a treat to think of her as a “blog friend”. You are welcome to come to the studio, I will send you the address.

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  2. January 5, 2013 8:25 pm

    oh, Jean! so sweet to make this post. thank you. and, YES, absolutely you can use fabric. in fact, that was how i finally figured it all out from a completely fabric model! [one small note: it’s “hanji” with a J!]

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    • January 5, 2013 10:05 pm

      Aimee – sorry for the spelling mistake, spellcheck doesn’t like me, I’ll correct it. Can’t wait to give the fabric one a try.

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      • January 6, 2013 6:42 pm

        i KNEW the typo looked familiar—my spellcheck did the same thing, until i told it to stop. thanks! the fabric ones are quite satisfying.

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      • January 6, 2013 10:38 pm

        Aimee – please tell me, how do you tell spellcheck anything? it really hates my textile terminology and my Japanese….I’m working on a fabric prototype.

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  3. January 6, 2013 5:19 am

    jean, it was while aimee was in korea that we became friends, so i had a ring-side (so to speak) seat as she traveled and studied. her book is so amazing. and she is so amazing.

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  4. January 6, 2013 8:54 am

    How interesting, there is always something new to learn from your blog. Aimée’s work is amazing and the tiny package intriguing!

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  5. January 6, 2013 1:34 pm

    This looks exciting. Paper-making is on my list and I might just have enough time this life…what else am I going to do with all my leftover cotton and loom waste?

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    • January 6, 2013 1:45 pm

      Kristin – considering the wonderful, fine work you do I don’t know when you would have time but it is a perfect fit for your fibres. Do it while you are young and physically strong.

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  6. January 7, 2013 6:59 am

    yes! origami fabric, origami clothes, origami shibori.there’s a japanese book on it.

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    • January 7, 2013 9:01 am

      Neki – apparently Aimee used a traditional design of Korean and Chinese sewing kits – which I’ve never seen – but I have the tiny note she wrote and all sorts of ideas. just need the time!

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  7. January 7, 2013 11:12 am

    Aimee’s book looks fabulous! Perhaps I can convince my weavers’ guild to get a copy.

    Our interest in hanji began when the guild was involved in an exhibition a few years ago that combined the work of both local (Vancouver area) and Korean artists using hanji. It was quite incredible! Of course I was the only one who knitted my piece, a lace shawl dyed after knitting. The paper strip yarn that I used held up beautifully to the stresses of knitting dyeing and blocking and is quite wearable. Hmmm… I need to dig out the rest of the yarn cone and do something with it.

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    • January 7, 2013 11:30 am

      Louisa – the book is one of the best technical books I have read in a very long time, also a wonderful story of her travels and adventures in Korea. She will be in the Pacific NW this year and could be approached to give a workshop/lecture. I had two pieces in the Hanji show and was just looking at the catalogue again, thinking of the Vancouver guild.

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