Monday, November 04, 2013

Call for Interns: Cleveland Eastern Paper Center Launch

Join us as we launch the first Eastern Paper Center in Ohio, led by prominent hanji scholar and practitioner Aimee Lee!

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation, home of the only Korean papermaking studio in North America, will start a new Center devoted to the production of high-quality eastern-style papers. The Center will comprise workshops, staff and intern training, related exhibitions, and community outreach and partnerships.

We seek two to four interns who will train with Aimee and the Morgan staff for six months, from February to July (with the option to continue through August). This is an unpaid position for three days a week (specific days can be negotiated), seven hours a day, with lunch included. The content of this program is equivalent to a semester of college-level study. Interns will

• Learn how to process fibers from the paper mulberry tree into fine, strong, handmade papers in various weights, sizes, and colors
• Learn about Eastern paper traditions through the Morgan library that includes books, videos, periodicals, and paper objects
• Train in traditional Korean papermaking at the only hanji facility on this continent •• Discover the inner workings of a fully-outfitted paper mill
• Have access to bindery, letterpress, and communal studios, and
• Benefit from mentorship by Tom Balbo, Artistic Director; Aimee Lee, noted paper artist and hanji expert; and other working artists affiliated with the Morgan.

Ours is a unique, authentic program. Candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team, unafraid of cold, wet, and heavy lifting, manual labor, and physically capable of standing for long periods with hands submerged in cold water. Ideal candidates will have excellent hand skills and attention to detail. They must be interested in learning about the historic and cultural impact of paper not only in East Asia but around the world, and able to commit to the full internship period. You need not be a papermaker to apply. A sense of humor combined with strong work ethic make for the best Morganites.

The Morgan will do everything possible to assist with relocation and finding resources in the Cleveland metro area, but cannot guarantee financial compensation. Having access to a car is fairly important as the public transportation system is not as strong as in other major cities. The Morgan is happy to provide paperwork for those using internship hours (500 total hours) for college credit, or to help procure outside funding.

Please submit a cover letter that details your interest and related experience and a 1-page resume to Aimee Lee at aimeeslee[at]gmail[dot]com by December 15, 2013 for full consideration. The top candidates will be called for phone interviews and final notification made by January 3, 2014. For more information, contact Aimee.

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