Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chilbo (Korean Enameling) Class with Nan-Young 2014

On my way to my first chilbo class with Nan-Young, I saw this exhibition going on in a nearby building. The artist had made ceramic hanoks. Each one unique and different. I was going to be late for class so I stopped for just a moment, ran to class and brought Nan-Young back with me. She had no idea it was there.

                                          I bought this one for 30,000 WON ($30 USD).
                        Nan-Young bought a couple too and we even got these free gifts.
This is the artist. What a talent.
     In chilbo class, I made this hair piece.
 I also made this. Both were made out of sterling silver. I had forgotten how much I missed my classes.
Young-Soo had closed her noodle shop and now has a maedeup shop in the basement of a local building. She made this maedeup piece to go along with the chilbo. She took maedeup lessons from the same place that I took all those years ago.  A small world it is!
 Hannah went a long with us to my class and she took this picture of me and my peeps. From left to right: Young-Soo, me, Rocketman, Nan-Young and Metal guy. I love these guys so much.
                                                         I also ran into my bodyguard.
                                         Now if I could just get him to smile for a picture.
Rocketman took a lot of photos while we were in Suwon. Now if I could get Nan-Young to smile too!
                                                              This is outside her shop.
                                A very cool picture Rocketman took of Nan-Young's shop.
                                                                 Her storefront.
                                          Then we had bibimbap for dinner, Seoul-style.
                                                             A bowl of deliciousness!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sumi-e Class

Today I had another sumi-e class with Susan Frame at the White Bear Center for the Arts. I wasn't sure I would even be able to attend. I had been so very ill the past two weeks with the worse case of crud I have ever had. I became ill on October 6th following a routine doctor's appointment and flu shot. I sat in the waiting room around 45 minutes with a roomful of sick people waiting to be seen.

I came home after my appointment and almost immediately starting feeling ill. It started like a case of the flu with a fever of 100 degrees and I spent the next week in bed. I had no energy and Rocketman had to take care of himself. I barely ate and when I tried to force the fluids, they would quickly evacuate. I was too sick to wait in the doctor's office again and decided it I was still that ill, I would definitely go in and get checked out.

As it happens, I started to feel better last Sunday afternoon and have steadily been feeling better. Now I'm just left with a nasty cough and fatigue. But I felt well enough to go to my class today and I'm so glad I did. It was all about pumpkins, Fall leaves and birds. Susan did a lot of demonstrations and I could watch her do her magic all day.  These are my attempts at pumpkins.

I haven't made time to practice between my classes and that's something I want to do. I love sumi-e and it takes time and practice to learn how to control the water in the brush.
Leaves, they are also tough to paint. I can home exhausted from a day out but so happy for all that I learned. I'm planning to continue to take it easy until I'm finely rid of this nasty bug. Luckily, Rocketman has caught it.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hanji Museum - Jeonju, South Korea

The hanji museum is located in a paper factory. This is the outside of the building. The hanji museum is on the second floor.

The museum is broken into two parts: old hanji and modern hanji. I started taking pictures only to be told I could only take pictures in the modern section but I did get a few photos.

Onto the modern hanji and where I was able to take pictures at will. I love hanji lamps and definitely want to make one someday.


                  You can also make your own hanji paper so Hannah and I decided to do just that.

                                       Getting most of the moisture out of the paper.

                                         This was a heating unit that dried the paper quickly.
                                      The paper was totally dry and the last step was stamping.
                                                               A couple of hanji friends.
The hanji museum store. The hanji was very reasonably priced and I bought quite a few things. It was much cheaper than I had seen in Insadong.
We also came across these students on a field trip. There were so cute and very well behaved.
 Then we went back to the downtown to find a restaurant recommended by the taxi driver. We never found that restaurant and finally Hannah asked a businessman where to go. He directed us to this place which I found out served dog stew which we didn't get but it still really, really freaked me out that I was sitting in a restaurant that served it.
The food was pretty good but I was preoccupied with the other dish they served. We took the bus back to Seoul. I was so glad that we visited Jeonju.
                                                    Here are the things I bought at the gift shop.

                                                           I bought this one for my Dad.
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