Jiyoung Chung explores the unique Korean papermaking tradition (Joomchi) that inspires her contemporary art works. In Joomchi, layers of mulberry paper bond together with only water and eager hands, in a process similar to felting. Chung acquaints readers with the history and role of Joomchi in Korean culture, and explains the hands-on techniques. She provides step-by-step instructions for making four types of traditional Joomchi and ten contemporary variations. Projects and surface treatment options are also presented. A 50-page photo gallery of Chung’s art works illustrates the versatility of this intriguing art form.
470 Color Photos 4 Color Drawings, 15 B/W Line Drawings, 144 pages, Paper; ISBN 978-0-9830029-1-8
Joomchi and Jiyoung
I have been practicing and teaching Joomchi in academic settings, international conferences, and through organizations in the United States, Netherlands, Australia, Korea, and U.K. Over the years, I have curated several International Joomchi shows for museums and galleries in Korea, France, and USA. Through many years of sharing Joomchi with Korean and non-Korean artists, I have also witnessed how Joomchi has been practiced traditionally and in contemporary work, not only in Korea but also in America, Europe, and Asia.
After all these years, I find myself completely intrigued by Joomchi work. I like the point in Joomchi where, through hand agitation with water, the paper transforms into a durable work of art, a metaphor for life. It is my belief that, like Joomchi, through agitation, through trials and tribulation, man becomes stronger, more refined, and more solid. -Jiyoung Chung