Robert Choe-Henderson – Hanji: Hand and Vat

Instructor: Robert Choe-Henderson

Number of Days: 3 Days Skill Level: Beginner Material fee: $55 Maximum Number of Student: 9

Workshop Description:

HANJI: VAT & HAND Robert Choe-Henderson3-day Intensive DESCRIPTION: HANJI: VAT AND HAND is an immersive Korean papermaking workshop designed to introduce hanji (Korean handmade paper), its history, production, and versatility. Learn two papermaking techniques: webal tteugi ( single-scoop method; indigenous to Korea) and ssangbal tteugi, (twin method; commonly known in the western world as nagashizuki). In addition to hanji, we will learn the incredible contributions Korea has made within the global histories of Book Arts. From dried paper mulberry bark, we will prep, cook, clean, and beat the fiber all by hand. The prepared fiber is then taken to the vats, dispersed in water, and formed into one-ply and two-ply sheets of beautiful hanji. Students will leave with a variety of papers (approximately 10 sheets) made during the workshop and techniques to continue their practice at home. Open to all skill levels. *Come prepared to work as a team to physically engage in the labor processes of fiber preparation; and mental strength to encourage each other.

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

Optional materials/equipment: Ear Plugs or Noise Cancelling Headphones, Long Waterproof Apron, Waterproof Shoes/Boots

Materials Provided by Instructor:

Student hanji vats (one measuring 50in x 50in; three measuring 24in x 36in), Bal (bamboo screens for webal-tteugi and ssangbal-tteugi), Balteul (wooden deckles for above techniques), Wooden dowels; brushes; polyfilament, Horse hair brushes, Prerequisites: 

Instructor Bio:

Robert Choe-Henderson is a gay Korean American artist and educator from Orlando, Florida. Inspired by the many book arts techniques of East Asia, Robert promotes and teaches traditional Korean papermaking as part of a small handful of hanji instructors in the United States. He holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Western Carolina University, and a MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Robert is a development committee member within the Korean American Artist Collective (KAAC), the Spring 2023 Artist-in-Residence for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, and most recently the recipient of an emergency exhibition grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts. Website: