Paper Secrets in Tasmania - a Hanji Making Weekend with Aimee Lee

Workshop Group Photo.

Paper Secrets in Tasmania - a Hanji Making Weekend with Aimee Lee has now taken place and it was a wonderful two days. The group photo (above) captures the general feeling of inclusiveness, sharing and inspiration which defined the spirit of the weekend.  The workshop was booked out months in advance, attracting participants from along the eastern seaboard and as far away as New Zealand.  Aimee certainly lived up to her reputation as a thoroughly engaging tutor, with a depth of knowledge and a skilled capacity to share, both at a group and individual level.  We anticipate some fabulous creative outcomes from those who attended. A hallmark of Aimee's teaching style is to target the specific requirements of her students, and provide options and ideas as to how to extend their skills and grow their practice.

Aimee Lee is the leading scholar and practitioner of hanji (Korean paper) in the English-speaking world.  

In an exciting 'first', the cooking, rinsing, and beating steps were tested on native plants of Tasmania to experiment with new paper possibilities. Pam Thorne and Jan Marinos did extensive research leading up to the workshop, experimenting on Tasmanian species to assess the inner-bark fibre in the hope of identifying a material resembling kozo.  After much trial and error, the plant fibre with the most promise for hanji paper making was Tasmanian Native Hemp.  Image below of Jan and Pam presenting their findings at the workshop. Watch this space!

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The hands-on workshop took place on the weekend following Burnie's 4th biennial wearable paper art competition, paper on skin. A selection of Aimee's work is on display with the paper on skin finalists at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery from June 22 - July 29.

Aimee was assisted by Creative Paper's long-term resident paper maker, Darren Simpson. Burnie Arts Council Inc thanks Alison Burgess and the staff at Makers' Workshop for their support in hosting the Aimee Lee workshop.

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"Paper asserts its own personality as a chameleon and a wonder, and matches my own tenacity in a lifelong process of testing its limits." Aimee Lee


"The way that you keep tradition alive is to keep evolving it". Aimee Lee



The Advocate
17 June 2018
Artist Aimee Lee teaches Korean papermaking as part of paper on skin

This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund and was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Additional Sponsorship and Support: Creative Paper Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Leonie Hiscutt MLC - Liberal Member for Montgomery, Justine Keay - Labor for Braddon, Anita Dow - Labor Member for Braddon, Ruth Forrest MLC - Independent Member for Murchison