Joomchi workshop will explore ancient Korean art technique


NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University’s Department of Fine + Graphic Art will offer a Joomchi paper workshop that will explore the art of Korean paper felting.  Joomchi is a centuries-old Korean technique that uses water to seal several layers of thin, handmade papers together to create a new form that resembles both paper and fabric and can be molded into shapes. The technique creates strong, textured surfaces that were at one time used as a substitute for cloth and used for clothing and bags. It can be layered with color, split and holed, stitched, painted, embellished or overlaid in a collage. Its uses are only limited by the imagination.


The workshop will be July 23-27 in the NSU sculpture lab led by instructor Josie Rodriguez. Classes will run from 8 a.m.-noon with an hour lunchbreak and afternoon instruction from 1-5 p.m.


During the five-day workshop, students will be introduced to traditional paper felting through layering and hand manipulation. Then they will incorporate familiar mediums such as drawing and mixed media to create their own two-dimensional or three-dimensional artwork. The class will end with an informal critique, focusing on what the student experimented with during class and what they would like to do next.


No previous training is needed and all levels are welcome.


Rodriguez is a Louisiana fibers artist born and raised in Natchitoches. Her felted paper works examine what a person’s self-worth could physically look like and how it changes with influence from internal or external forces. Rodriguez has a BFA in studio art from Northwestern State University and an MFA in fibers from the University of North Texas. She currently is an adjunct professor at Northwestern State.


The cost to attend the five-day workshop is $100 plus supplies, which the participants are asked to purchase prior to the workshop.  The approximate budget for materials and paper sources is $100.


To register and obtain a supply list, contact