Intro to Joomchi Papers • January 27

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Wednesday, January 27, 10 am – 2 pm

Karen Searle

Joomchi is a Korean method of bonding layers of paper together with water and a kneading process, similar to felting. This produces strong, textured papers which can be composed as artworks in themselves or used as substrates for other techniques such as stitching, drawing, painting, or adding fiber embellishments. While still wet, joomchi can also be formed into strong paper sculptures.  Learn about paper selection and tips for achieving both smooth and textured joomchis. Using Hanji (mulberry) papers for the base, students will complete one collaged joomchi paper in class and start another that can be completed at home.  Materials fee $35, payable to the instructor.


Instructor Bio:

Karen Searle’s artwork, combining needlework and mixed media, has been exhibited internationally. She began teaching at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota in 1972 and has taught at St. Catherine University, Canberra School of Art, Australia, and numerous conferences and symposia.  Following a career as publisher and author of textile books, Searle has written for several crafts publications in the US, Europe, and Korea. She has had artist residencies at the Mendocino Art Center, CA, and New York Mills Art Center, MN, and has mentored emerging artists since 1991. Currently, she works with Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota managing their mentor program.   karensearle.com


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