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Joomchi: Why Not?

May 22 - 27, 2022

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

Workshop at a glance

Joomchi is the unique Korean traditional way of making textured and painterly handmade paper just by using eager hands and water.


  • Traditional way of making Joomchi
  • Contemporary way of making Joomchi


  • Korean mulberry paper
  • Surface embellishments


  • Knowledge on Joomchi’s history, practice, and usage in Korea and beyond
  • Several completed projects which will serve as seeds to grow in the future

Artist Bio

Jiyoung Chung is an artist, freelance writer and independent curator who has developed the innovative method of Joomchi into a contemporary art form. She received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in print/media from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2010, she curated the International Korean/American Joomchi show for European Patchwork Meeting in France. Chung has authored a how-to book titled Joomchi & Beyond. She was awarded the Gold Award by the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C. in 2019. Her works are in the permanent collections of Fidelity Corporate Art Collection in Boston, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and Arrowmont.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will explore joomchi, a unique Korean traditional way of making textured handmade paper using water and eager hands. You will discover its history, practice, and role in Korean society, as well as learning the hands-on techniques and reinterpreted adaptations into a contemporary art form. Joomchi creates strong and painterly textured surfaces by layering and agitating Hanji (Korean mulberry papers). Its usage is diverse and can be incorporated into surface design, collage, new ways of drawing, or for wearable, unconventional body ornaments. Joomchi can also be used as 2D and 3D sculptural objects that are functional or fine art oriented. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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