Make a wearable paper Baeja (hanbok) inspired vest

Stables Studio

2 days – Saturday 27th April and Sunday 28th April, 2024, 10am-3pm (both days)

Tutor: Anzara Clark
Cost: $200 members  $240 non-members
Applications close April 13, 2024

A Beaja is a traditional Korean hanbok vest. Traditionally it is worn for decorative and practical reasons. It is perfect for adding a layer of warmth and for dressing up a plain garment.

In this workshop we will be making a reversible, durable, paper baeja inspired vest that can be worn in everyday life. The workshop will cover creating paper cloth for the project, the construction process and embellishment possibilities. At each step of the project, we will consider techniques that will enhance strength, durability, textile material characteristics.

A number of Eastern and Western, traditional and contemporary paper manipulation processes and textile techniques will be combined to achieve a truly wearable garment. As well as the core elements of creating a wearable paper baeja; possibilities for enhancing wearability will be addressed, including: paper choices, additional treatments and laundering.

On the first day we will focus on creating the paper cloth elements we will use for our baeja, and plan our embellishments. The second day will be devoted to putting your baeja together and learning ways of building strength and durability into the construction process. While we will follow the same basic process, there will be opportunities to adapt and individualise your work.

We will be using a sewing machine in the construction process, but if you prefer to hand stitch, then that is also an option. The workshop is recommended for members who have attended the previous Paper Wearable Art Foundations workshop, however all are welcome to attend (dress making skills are an advantage).

If you are wanting to explore practical and beautiful applications for paper textiles; and take your paper art off the studio table, onto the body and out into the world; this is the workshop for you. Take your paper art to a new level and expand your wardrobe!

About our Tutor:

Anzara Clark is a member of Papermakers of Victoria and a paper textile artist whose practice has a focus on paper garments and textiles. She has explored and created paper garments for over ten years, making work for gallery and exhibition settings, paper wearable art and paper wearables. She has won multiple awards for her work, including for entries into Paper On Skin. Most recently, she has been a finalist in the KAAF Art Prize for her wearable paper jacket ‘Return On Investment.’ Anzara is sponsoring a Paper As Textile award for the 2024 Paper On Skin competition. In 2023 she published Paper As Textile. Volume 1: Creating and Strengthening Paper Cloth and Textiles. Volume 2 will be published in May 2024. In February 2024 she will be undertaking a paper textile study tour in Japan. She has been invited to create a couture collection of paper wearables for Eco-Fashion Week Australia, to be held in Western Australia in November 2024. To see more of her work visit her webpage , find her on Facebook and Instagram @anzaraclarkartist or join her on Patreon on her page ‘Paper Textile Poetry.’

Materials fee: Approximately $35-$40 (TBC) per person to be paid to the tutor on the first day. This will cover:

  • Workshop notes
  • Base papers (hanji/kozo and lokta for the baeja)
  • Patterns
  • Konnyaku
  • Additional paper materials, – raffia, string, decorative papers,
  • Colouring products
  • Additional paper manipulation products (wax, kakishibu, gelatin etc.)
  • Wax pot and brushes
  • Spare equipment (limited supply)

Student Requirements List: 

  • A cutting mat and knife
  • Ruler, pencil, and eraser
  • Awl
  • Bone folder
  • Large piece of bubble wrap
  • Masking tape
  • 2 large clean and soft paint brushes (house painting size)
  • Piece of dowel.
  • Pegs (about 12)
  • 2 clean plastic containers with lids
  • Latex gloves
  • Mask
  • Hair dryer or heat gun if you have one.
  • Sewing machine and threads
  • Basic sewing kit – scissors (large and small, tape measure, pins, sewing needles, seam ripper
  • Medium gauge knitting needles and crochet hook (optional)
  • A selection of coloured or decorative papers you might like to use for embellishment.
  • A selection of paper yarns or raffia you might like to use.
  • 4 metres of decorative fabric bias binding if you might like to use it as trim.


Bookings are closed for this workshop.