Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wonju Festival 2014 : Do We Have a Date?

There are two main poles for Hanji paper in Korea : the city of Jeonju, in the province of Jeollabuk-do (southwest of the peninsula) and the city of Wonju, in the province on Gangwon-do (northeast). They both have installations dedicated to Hanji paper (a museum in Jeonju, a theme park in Wonju...), numerous Hanji paper shops and, they both host an annual Hanji Festival.

I was supposed to take part in the 2014 Edition of the Jeonju Festival last May, but the Festival was cancelled. The next edition of the Jeonju Festival will be held in May 2015.

The 2014 Wonju Hanji Festival

The Wonju Festival will be held from September 25 to 28 in the city of Wonju, Gangwon-do province. Despite the distance (about 200km from my house here in Iksan), I have decided to apply for a booth at the Wonju Festival! Not being able to part take in the Jeonju Festival was a huge disappointment for me, and I don't want to miss the chance to show my work in the Wonju event!

I visited the Festival last year and was really pleased with the beauty of the site and the installations! I am really hoping I can part take in the event this year.

Apply, then wait

I submitted my application (and my payment! ;) to the Wonju Festival at the beginning of the week, and I now have to patiently wait until September 2 to know if I will be able to have a booth or not (the deadline to apply for a booth is August 31). Patience not being my greatest quality, I can feel it's going to be a long couple of weeks!

Getting ready for the Wonju Festival

In the meantime, I keep on working to make as many items as possible! I have an objective of 600 items for the Festival; will I be able to reach my target? 

I have already started to work steadily to make all kinds of items for the upcoming festival; I even added a few new items to my collection, including head bands, cell phone pendants and brooches. I have also made an interesting selection of coasters (round and square), pen holders, square plates and jewelry boxes.

I am also working hard to make a large quantity of Hanji paper earrings and French barrettes (of different sizes), as I expect the smaller objects to be popular at the Festival.

I am also hoping to have several larger items on display (and for sale), such as larger chests, tissue box covers and tea trays.

I will surely keep you posted on the latest developments! Stay tuned... and keep your fingers crossed for me!

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For more information on the Wonju Hanji Festival :

- Festival Website : (in Korean only)

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