about the artist
Jan Coveney - Hanji Artist
I'm an Australian from Adelaide who has lived and worked overseas in various countries for the last 15 years. One of the countries I worked in was South Korea and it was there that I developed a passion for the Korean traditional craft called Hanji.
I‘ve taught Hanji for the last 10 years both in Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates and many of my Hanji pieces have been sold and exported to the UK, NZ, Australia and the US including New York for sale in some of their top museums, . Many of the pieces I've made are in traditional Korean shapes and designs but I'm now exploring more contemporary ideas as well.
As very little is know about this craft outside of Korea, I’m currently writing a book on it in English. I’m also combining my love for photography into many of my pieces.
Apart from conducting classes overseas I’ve been maintaining a Hanji blog and have escorted Hanji students on tours to South Korea. On my return to Adelaide I’ve set up a business called ‘HANJI’ and am conducting classes here in an effort to promote this wonderful craft.
EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
2000 - 2002 Studied Hanji craft in Korea with Korean Hanji artists
2001 -2002 Items exported and sold in Museum shops in New York City
2002 - 2014 Items sold and sent to the US, NZ, Australia and the UK
2004 - 2014 Taught Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Hanji classes in Malaysia and
the United Arab Emirates
2012 / 2014 Hanji Tour leader taking students to Korea to visit a paper making factory,
and shops to source materials
2012 Hanji Happenings Blog featured on Korea4Expats website
2012 Voted one of the Top Expat Blogs for South Korea by InterNations
2014 (April) Presentation in Seoul, Sth Korea on ‘Hanji - Life after Korea’
2015 (April) Hanji Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia - 'from paper to purpose'
2015 (Aug) SALA - South Australian Living Artists - Open Studio sessions
2016 (Feb) K- Paper(Hanji) Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney, Australia
2016 (April) Korea Week Participant, Korean Consulate, Melbourne, Australia
2016 (August) SALA - South Australian Living Artists - Open Studio sessions
2016 (October) Choose to represent an overseas Hanji artist and to appear in a one hour
Hanji documentary - produced by ARIRANG TV - in Seoul, South Korea
2017 (Sept - Nov) 'Dissolve', Inspiration by Korea - Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre - Sydney