Hanji Edition was founded by two Korean-American printmakers, Steph Rue and Lars Kim, who share a passion for Korean print and papermaking. As traditional hanji mills in Korea rapidly decline, our goal is to introduce artists and art appreciators to the beauty and versatile potential of hanji as a substrate for print.
Lars Kim is a designer and letterpress printer living in Portland. After completing studies at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Copenhagen, she worked in architecture and new media before stumbling upon a Heidelberg Windmill in 2006. Since then, she has deepened her passion for East Asian typography and sacred arts along the Silk Road as an independent researcher and educator.
Lars teaches design at the San Francisco Center for the Book, where she produced an artist’s book on Korean symbols of longevity (Shipjangsaeng) for the Small Plates Imprint program in 2017; this book includes medium weight hanji from Jangjibang. While managing at Logos Graphics in San Francisco for 13 years, she discovered the tactile beauty of letterpress and dove into the technical aspects of print, hand papermaking and bookbinding. She currently works on a range of commercial and private graphic/web design projects through her freelance practice, Solsken Design.
Steph Rue is an artist working primarily with handmade paper and books as her medium. She is a 2015-2016 recipient of a Fulbright Arts Research Grant to South Korea, where she studied traditional Korean bookbinding, papermaking, and printing. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and a BA from Stanford University. She teaches workshops on papermaking and bookmaking, with an emphasis on East Asian techniques.