Jiyoung Chung, 2019 Smithsonian Craft Show 'Gold Award' artist, 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;
"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
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