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. You can find her work on Instagram.
Steph Rue is an artist working primarily with handmade paper and books as her medium. She fell in love with the papermaking process while getting her MFA at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She went on to study traditional Korean bookbinding, papermaking, and printing in South Korea on a Fulbright Research Grant in 2015-2016.
Steph is one of the founders of the Korean American Artist Collective and a member of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective. She teaches workshops and classes on papermaking, bookmaking, and related arts, with an emphasis on East Asian techniques. When she is not teaching or with her two young kids, she makes, prints, binds, weaves, and collages with paper out of her home studio in Sacramento, CA.