Welcome to Beyond & Above Publications

Beyond and Above Publications by contemporary artists inspired by folk art traditions. Our books highlight the Korean textile and papermaking traditions of Bojagi and Joomchi.

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Our Mission Statement

Beyond & Above Publications honor global craft traditions as inspirations for developing contemporary art forms.

About the Authors

image of chunghie-leeChunghie Lee is a reknowned Korean fiber artist. She uses Korea’s wrapping cloth tradition, Bojagi, and its patchwork variations as the inspiration for her contemporary art works and fashion designs. She teaches workshops and exhibits her work internationally and is founder/director of the bi-annual conference, the Korea Bojagi Forum. In Bojagi & Beyond Lee presents a brief history of bojagi and its cultural uses. She describes the special seaming techniques and step by step insturctions for making a variety of Bojagi. She provides design inspiration and presents both traditional-style and contemporary projects, including wall hangings, garments and 3-dimensional bojagi. A photo gallery of Lee’s Bojagi-inspired art works highlights the many contemporary applications of this elegant art form.

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Jiyoung Chung is a visual artist inspired by the Joomchi papermaking tradition. Her painterly collaged and dimensional joomchi works have been exhibited internationally, and she teaches worshops in the US and abroad. In Joomchi & Beyond Chung  acquaints readers with the history and role of Joomchi in Korean culture and explains the hands-on techniques that she has developed. She provides step-by-step instructions for making traditional Joomchi papers along with many contemporary variations for creating texture and imagery.  Joomchi’s strong, textural and painterly surfaces can incorporate surface design, collage, and drawing, or it can be sculptural – the possibilities are endless. Enjoy and let the spirit of improvisation guide your explorations with Joomchi!

Founded in 2010

Beyond and Above was founded by artists Chunghie Lee and Jiyoung Chung to present the best in contemporary fiber art inspired by cultural folk art traditions. Both artists find rich inspiration the textile arts and papermaking traditions of their native country, Korea.

Our Staff

Jiyoung Chung, Owner/Publisher
Karen Searle, Managing Editor
Chunghie Lee, Consultant

email: beyond.abovepub@gmail.com