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Hanji: from paper to purpose Jan Coveney

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Jan Coveney is an Adelaidean who has been living and working overseas for the past fifteen years.

Her first stint was in South Korea, where she fell in love with, and developed a passion for the ancient and traditional paper craft of Hanji.

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Delicate hand made mulberry paper is shaped over cardboard to produce everyday objects of great strength and beauty. You’ll find ethereal looking lamps, sets of drawers, cabinets, boxes, tables and the like. Not only are they useful, but beautiful as well.


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Jan’s passion and skill developed to the point where she has now been teaching Hanji for more than ten years, both in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Some of her pieces have made it to New York for sale in museums and pieces of her work are in Britain, New Zealand, Asia and parts unknown.

Many of Jan’s pieces are of tradition Korean shapes and designs, but she has also incorporated modern techniques, plus her love of photography.


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As very little is known about this fascinating and beautiful craft outside of Korea, Jan has taken up the challenge to bring it to the wider world and is currently writing a book about Hanji, in English. (Most material is only available in Korean.)

In an endeavor to promote, and indeed, introduce this less-than-well-known craft to Adelaide and Australia, Jan has mounted this delightful exhibition Hanji: from paper to purpose and will conduct classes from July. (She will spend six weeks in Korea for further study and experience before beginning the classes.)



Follow Jan’s blog at http://www.hanjihappenings.blogspot.com.au (Voted one of the Top Expat Blogs for South Korea by InterNations).

You can contact her via the blog, or pop in to Mrs Harris’ Shop over the next few weekends, where you can see her in action (yes, she will be working on some small projects), talk to her about learning Hanji or pick up your own little piece of this ancient Korean craft.

Hanji – from paper to purpose is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm until Sunday 26 April.

PLEASE NOTE: On  Saturday 25 April, the gallery will open at 12 noon, in acknowledgement of ANZAC Day commemorations.

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