Hanji Edition 2018 is the first portfolio of its kind in North America, specifically designed to highlight the versatile potential of hanji as a substrate for print. It features hanji prints by five invited artists employing print processes ranging from letterpress, intaglio, mokuhanga (Japanese woodcut), giclée, chine collé and painting.
The prints (shown in the gallery below) are accompanied by a handbound, full-color booklet with letterpress printed hanji covers, containing artist information and an essay by Chunwoo Nam of the Print Art Research Center in Seoul. The portfolio is housed in a custom-made Japanese box with a removable hanji-lined tray. This edition is now sold out.
Susan Belau received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has studied printmaking at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy, and trained as a master printer at Paulson-Bott Press in Berkeley, California. Ms. Belau has received the Phelan Award for Excellence in Printmaking and has been awarded fellowships at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California and Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York. Ms. Belau is a faculty member at San Francisco State University and in 2014 chaired the SGC International Printmaking Conference in San Francisco, California. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the United States, including University of the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Claribel Cone’s parents had studios in Carnegie Hall for 35 years as professional musicians. She was supposed to be a cellist but became a painter; she approaches printmaking in a painterly direction, like being a composer and a musician at the same time.
For Hanji Edition, Ms. Cone used a combination of chine collé and paint to explore abstract sea pictures, using aquamarine and expressive color as the inspiration for this series. Each print is thus completely unique and features hand-torn deckle edges.
Ms. Cone has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Her work can be found in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Huntington Library in Pasadena, the Nelson Fine Arts Center at Arizona University in Tempe, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Stanford University in Palo Alto, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and Smith College in Northampton.
Robert Kato is a fine art photographer, teacher and aspiring papermaker. He attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. The majority of his time is devoted to mentoring photographers and visual artists in post processing digital imagery and the art of traditional and alternative inkjet printmaking. Robert currently resides in San Mateo, CA.
Sara Langworthy lives and works in Iowa City, IA where she maintains a private studio and is Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Awards and honors include the Minnesota Fine Press Book Award, an Artist Book Production Grant from Women’s Studio Workshop, and an Emerging Educator Award from the College Book Art Association. Most recently, her book Naturans Naturata received the 2018 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Her artist books and broadsides are collected widely and are found in many collections including the Library of Congress, Wellesley College, and the Walker Art Center. Her work explores ways we attempt to explain and understand our place in the natural world, and often draws on scientific or philosophic writings as source material. Sara teaches workshops nationally, and is a board member of the Fine Press Book Association. To see more please visit www.slangworthy.com
Yoonmi Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She received a B.F.A. degree in Printmaking from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, Korea. She moved to the U.S. to study at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received an M.F.A. degree in Painting/Printmaking in 2000. Her work considers cross-cultural experience and sense of transience through observations of everyday objects and occurrences.
Yoonmi has received grants and awards to support her creative research and travel. Some notable ones include, a Solo Exhibition Award from The Print Center in Philadelphia, MI-LAB Artist Residency Award in Japan, The Hall Center Creative Work Fellowship at The University of Kansas, and the Ngwang Choephel Fellowship from the U.S. State Department. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally including countries such as Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Korea, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, and Paraguay. Yoonmi has taught at RISD and Washington University in St. Louis. Currently, she teaches at the University of Kansas, where she has been a faculty member since 2001.