a traditional Korean paper craft
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 15 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 maintained a Hanji blog and escorted Hanji students on tours to South Korea. On my return to Adelaide I’ve been conducting classes in my studio here in Strathalbyn in an effort to promote this wonderful craft.
EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
2022 (Oct) Hanji students' exhibition
Winner of a Merit Certificate at the 'In My Garden" exhibition
2020 - 2021 Hanji Classes & Workshops
2019 SALA exhibition - Mrs Harris' Shop, Torrensville, South Australia
2018 - 2019 Exhibited locally at the Station-master's Art Gallery, Strathalbyn
2017 (Sept - Nov) 'Dissolve', Inspiration by Korea - Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre - Sydney
2016 (Oct) Chosen to represent as an overseas Hanji artist to appear in a one hour
ArtTravel documentary - produced by ARIRANG TV - in Seoul, South Korea
2016 (Aug) SALA - South Australian Living Artists - Open Studio sessions
2016 (April) Korea Week Participant, Korean Consulate, Melbourne, Australia
2016 (Feb) K- Paper(Hanji) Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney, Australia
2015 (Aug) SALA - South Australian Living Artists - Open Studio sessions
2015 (May) Hanji Master classes at Jonginamoo and Hanji Doori in Seoul, Sth Korea
2015 (April) Hanji Exhibition, Adelaide, Australia - 'from paper to purpose'
2014 (April) Presentation in Seoul, Sth Korea on ‘Hanji - Life after Korea’
2014 (April) Conducted a Hanji Tour to visit a paper making factory, and shops
2012 Voted one of the Top Expat Blogs for South Korea by InterNations
2012 Hanji Happenings Blog featured on Korea4Expats website
2012 / 2014 Conducted a Hanji Tour to visit a paper making factory, and shops
2004 - 2014 Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Hanji classes - Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates
2002 - 2014 Items sold and sent to the US, NZ, Australia and the UK
2001 -2002 Items exported and sold in Museum shops in New York City
2000 - 2002 Studied Hanji craft in Korea with Korean Hanji artists