Korean papermaking has a history almost as long as papermaking itself. Korean paper, known as , is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree, re-nowned for its long and strong fibers. This makes ideal for an array of appli-cations, from uses in the home and studio to experiments in robotics, cuisine, and audio technology. Aimee Lee, the leading American scholar on Korean papermak-ing and author of , will chart the history of , its rise in Korea and its demise via forces of modernization, colonization, and neglect. These sto-ries will be accompanied by images and videos of her research that depict the cur-rent state of Korean papermaking and related arts, further illuminated by samples of and artwork made of this lustrous and durable paper.
Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who works in paper, book, performance, and installation arts. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and MFA from Columbia College. Her post-graduate Fulbright research focused on Korean papermaking and allied crafts, and she built the first American studio at the Morgan Conserva-tory in Cleveland, Ohio in 2010. In 2012, her first book, , was published by The Legacy Press. She exhibits in-ternationally and travels as an artist-in-residence and teacher while raising aware-ness of Korean paper arts. For more information, visit aimeelee.net.
*The book talk will be followed by a hands-on demo.
Hosted by the Center for Korea Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Co-sponsored by the East Asia Library.