Korean paper-making

Steph Rue

Steph Rue is an artist working primarily with handmade paper and books as her medium. She received her MFA degree from the University of Iowa Center for the Book and BA degree from Stanford University. She is a 2015-2016 recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea, where she studied traditional Korean bookbinding, papermaking, and printing. Her artist books and paper works are held in a number of public and private collections, including Yale University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Library, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Steph is a co-founder of the Korean American Artist Collective and a member of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective. She is also a co-founder of Hanji Edition, a publisher of fine art and print works with/on hanji. Steph teaches workshops and classes on papermaking, bookmaking, and related arts, with an emphasis on East Asian techniques, and has taught at Mills College, Penland School of Craft, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. Steph lives and works out of her home studio in Sacramento, CA.

Steph Rue previously participated in ACTA’s Apprenticeship Program in 2019, as an apprentice to master artist Youngmin Lee in the craft of bojagi, or Korean wrapping cloths.

Living Cultures Grant


Professional Hanji Studio

Funding will support materials for Rue’s hanji studio dedicated to production,  demonstration, and teaching hanji and related crafts in her local community.

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