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Joomchi: Why Not?

October 13 - 18, 2024

Jiyoung Chung  ·  artxchange.org/artist/jiyoung-chung

Workshop at a glance

Explore the unknown and discover a new way of creating art!


  • Traditional Joomchi making: holed, cut, and patterned Joomchi
  • Contemporary Joomchi making: painterly, weaved, multilayered Joomchi and more


  • Traditional and contemporary Joomchi making


  • Knowledge of traditional and contemporary Joomchi making
  • Seeds to grow in the future (samples)

Artist Bio

Jiyoung (B.F.A., Painting from RISD, and M.F.A., Print/Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art) has had numerous solo shows in Korea, U.S.A., Australia, France, Finland, Romania, and the UK. In 2010, she curated the Int’l Korean/ American Joomchi show for European Patchwork Meeting in France, later toured in Korea (2010/2011/2014/2016) and in America (2012, 2015). Jiyoung authored a How-to-Do book titled “Joomchi & Beyond”. She was awarded several times; including ‘Gold Award’ by Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC (2019), ‘Award of Excellence’ by American Craft Council/Baltimore show (2012) and Adrianna Farrelli Prize, ‘Excellence in Fiber Art’ by Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (2012), and Silver Prize at The 8th Cheonggju International Craft Competition, Korea (2013). Her works are in the permanent collections of the U.S. Department of State’s Art Bank Program, Washington, DC and Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston and the Museum of Art & Design, NY.

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Workshop Description

Joomchi is a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper by using water, and eager hands. The terminology originated from the meaning, “making a Joomoney (Pouch)”. History says that the Koreans started making Joomchi in Goryeo Dynasty, A.D. 918–1392. Joomchi creates strong, textural and painterly surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers), not easy to rip/tear and creates elegant looking surface. Over time the surface becomes more and more elegant and aged looking, and surfaces sometimes look like leather. This class offers students the opportunity to become acquainted with its history, usage and role in Korean society, as well as the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into contemporary art forms. Joomchi’s usages are diverse and it can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new ways of drawing, one-of-a-kind book art, wearable, unconventional body ornament or sculptural objects, functional or fine art works. The possibilities are endless!


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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