I love the things we have here in South Australia – the fabulous food, wine, people and places – beauty everywhere. And, for more beauty in my life, I own and operate a gorgeous little gallery called Mrs Harris’ Shop: www.mrsharrisshop.com.au
SALA's a great time to re-visit some old favourites and to discover some new.
Chances are that Jan Coveney's SALA Open Studio and Hanji (Traditional Korean paper craft) will be a new experience and even become a new favourite! (#378 on page 26 of the SALA program.)
Beautiful Hanji jewellery box
Jan is an Adelaidean who has been living and working overseas for the past fifteen years.
Her first stint was in South Korea, where she fell in love with, and developed a passion for the ancient and traditional paper craft of Hanji.
Delicate hand made mulberry paper is shaped over cardboard to produce everyday objects of great strength and beauty. You'll find ethereal looking lamps, sets of drawers, cabinets, boxes, tables and the like. Not only are they useful, but beautiful as well.
Traditional Hanji table
Jan's passion and skill developed to the point where she has now been teaching Hanji for more than ten years, both in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Some of her pieces have made it to New York for sale in museums and pieces of her work are in Britain, New Zealand, Asia and parts unknown.
Round Hanji box
Many of Jan's pieces are of traditional Korean shapes and designs, but she has also incorporated modern interpretations, plus her love of photography.
Hanji 'flying geese' box
As very little is known about this fascinating and beautiful craft outside of Korea, Jan has taken up the challenge to bring it to the wider world and is currently writing a book about Hanji, in English. (Most material is only available in Korean.)
Her successful exhibition Hanji: from paper to purpose was the first step in introducing this less-than-well-known craft to Australia.
Now, she has just returned from six weeks in Korea where she visited the famous Jeong Ju Hanji Culture Festival and undertook further study with Hanji masters.
She conducts classes from her studio in Brompton and will open as part of the Open Studio program during SALA on Saturday 8 August and Sunday 16 August 2:00 - 5:00pm.
It's a great opportunity to meet Jan and see her beautiful pieces. Enrol in one of her classes and before you know it, you too could be creating your own piece of this ancient and traditional craft.