Bionic Hearing Press ~ Ohio
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Hirsute book series
Miniatures by Aimee Lee

 
   
New York Center for the Book: "Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who works in performance, book & paper, installation, and text arts. Born in New York, she received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. "

Aimee Lee: “My work examines the nature of being human, and ways that people create personal realities based on constructs of family and culture. My tools include papermaking, book arts, installation, performance art, and writing, and my recent focus is on making and working with hanji, Korean handmade paper.

"I am fascinated by the boundaries between spaces that delineate 'in' and 'out,' especially after a year of field research in Korea, whose culture has specific borders, thresholds, and customs for each person in its society. I am especially interested in the private experiences of people in social strata that are usually disregarded or rendered invisible. My work looks at how people express these experiences and how private stories can be projected onto the outside world."
   
The Whole Duck Catalogue
Cutting: Beatrice Coron
Editioning: Aimee Lee
Field Notes: Béatrice & Mide Stern
Deer Isle, New York: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. Varied edition of 6.

9.5 x 8.5"; 18 leaves. Pen and thread on abaca paper. Tyvek paper cuttings. Laid in four-flap marble-paper folder with thread tie closure. Numbered.

The varied edition of 6 consists of four versions that are made to be hung and two that were bound into books.

Aimee Lee: "This edition is a collaboration with Béatrice Coron, who provided the paper cuttings and text. Each cutting is laminated between two thin sheets of premium abaca, and the top and bottom of each sheet sewn to create a sleeve for a dowel. This catalogue of 18 'pages' can be read in any order or displayed hanging on dowels in any configuration, reminiscent of bird blinds."
Bound version SOLD
$1200 (Version to be hung)

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Resilience
By Aimee Lee
[Hastings-on-Hudson, New York]: Bionic Hearing Press, 2011.
Edition of 10.

5.5 x 4.25 x 0.75"; 10 leaves. Pencil on handmade paper (cotton/hemp/dak). Non-adhesive strip woven binding. Words, binding, paper by Aimee Lee. Numbered and signed by the artist.

Aimee Lee: "This book is made completely of handmade paper, hand lettered in pencil, to explore the edges of grief and its transitory nature. The paper contains cotton, hemp, and hand-harvested dak from the Korean countryside. The binding is one that Janus Press developed that involves no sewing, simply folded and cut paper, to showcase handmade paper."
$150 (Last Copy)


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Princesses and peas
By Aimee Lee
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York: Bionic Hearing Press, 2005. Edition of 2.

7.75 x 11.25"; 32 pages. Materials: pen, stonehenge paper, leather, velvet. Handbound and illustrated. Text handwritten. Quarter bound in leather and velvet. Signed by the artist.

Aimee Lee: "This is the original version of two velvet-bound books, the original being quarter bound in leather and velvet (the second, in my collection, is bound in full-cloth velvet).

"This is a long comic about the voices in our heads. Because it refers to royalty, and because of the importance of the message, the binding is more lavish than a typical comic book."

$500

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Aimee Lee: "The Hirsute series is about the practice of thinking about hair in abundance to overcome images of hair loss in relation to an inconclusive but life-altering diagnosis of an incurable disease."

"In 2014, I met with a doctor in Korea about a potentially life threatening disease that required two more years of doctor's visits, second opinions, treatments, and stress. Because it was a rare and incurable disease, I had looked online for information - the doctors had very little to share - but stopped quickly because the information was so devastating and the images so disturbing. In this particular doctor's office, he asked if I had searched online, and I said that I had. Without warning, he said, 'So you've seen this,' while showing me his phone with an image of the worst-case scenario for this disease, a disfigured head with central line hair loss. That image was seared into many levels of my consciousness and though he could not confirm if this would happen to me, I began to worry that my hair was falling out.

"Someone recommended that I try to reverse this scar by visualizing lush hairlines and healthy heads of hair. In this spirit, I began a daily practice of drawing hair in abundance. I plan to continue these books until I reach some peace."

   

Hirsute #1
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 4.75"; 54 pages. Ink on handmade paper. Arches Paper wraps with sumi ink illustration. Title hand-lettered on front cover by artist. Bound with paper tapes and thread. Signed and dated by the artist.

Aimee Lee: "This book was made with papers of many different types, mostly from plants harvested in autumn in Northeast Ohio. This is the first in an ongoing series of books that are an exercise in drawing, visualizing, and manifesting hair."
$375


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Hirsute #4
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

9 x 7.25"; 24 pages. Ink, crayon, marker, persimmon juice on assorted handmade papers. Pamphlet binding in handmade paper wrappers with hand printed title on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist.
$400


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Hirsute #5
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

5.6 x 4.25"; 16 pages. Ink on tin-lined antique washi and handmade mulberry paper, persimmon juice. Sewn pamphlet stitch binding in handmade paper wrappers with hand printed title on front cover.
$250

 


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Hirsute #6
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

5.6 x 4.25"; 14 pages. Ink and Suminagashi on handmade botanical papers. Sewn pamphlet stitch binding in handmade paper wrappers with hand printed title on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist.
$275


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Hirsute #7
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

6.75 x 5.2". Ink, beeswax, and natural dye on assorted handmade papers, bark lace. Bound in handmade paper with woven and sewn binding. Title hand printed on cover. Signed and dated by the artist.
$425

 


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Hirsute #10
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

7.1 x 5.5"; 28 pages. Ink, beeswax, natural dye, and Suminagashi on assorted handmade papers. Pamphlet stitch bound in handmade paper wrappers with hand printed title on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist.
$275


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Bionic Hearing Press Out of Print Title:
   
abundance is real
By Aimee Lee
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York: Bionic Hearing Press, 2008. Edition of 5 variants.

4.75 x 4.75"; 8 pages. Etchings on Fabriano pages. Bound into accordion with removable spine. Etching tipped into front cover. Bound in paper of handmade cattail and hemp wraps. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Based on zine about abundance by Aimee Lee.

Aimee Lee: "I prefer techniques that require hands-on, long-term, systematic practice. However, my love for improvisation balances the seemingly rigid nature of the tools that I use. I print etched plates onto knitted paper, use traditional printmaking techniques to draw comics, tear up and re-piece carefully made paper, and cross all the lines between book and fiber arts. The direct trace of the hand in all work, including artifacts, costumes, or scribbled maps reminds me of how much I still have to learn from the human hand, which is inextricably tied up with human technology."
(SOLD)

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All It Takes
By Aimee Lee
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

2 x 5.75 x 0.75" closed, 2 x 11.25" open; 10 leaves. Stamped foil and persimmon dye on paper mulberry bark, thread. Signed and dated by the artist.

Aimee Lee: "This book recounts some important elements necessary to making paper, and consists entirely of the inner bark that makes paper."
(SOLD)

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Arithmetic
By Aimee Lee
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

4.3 x 3.25 x 0.3" closed, 4.3 x 6.5" open (12.75" wide open for full display); 5 leaves, 2 endsheets. Pencil and stamped foil on handmade paper (milkweed and paper mulberry). Signed and dated by the artist.

Aimee Lee: "A book about changing perspectives that is best read with the book in hand rather than on a table because its head (covers) are too heavy for its body (pages)."
(SOLD)

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Artifact Sketches
By Aimee Lee
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 8"; 18 leaves including endsheets. Materials: Pencil, beeswax, natural dyes on hanji, wire, paper thread, hosta, dogbane, and milkweed papers. Handwritten text. Signed and dated by the artist.

"Artifact Sketches" is a log of two artifacts from the artist's life – one as an artist and the other a personal record. The first artifact is a paper representation made by the artist - segments of a Silla-era gold belt from Korea – with notations as to the characteristics of the belt. The second recording or artifact is a log of blood pressure and pulse rate readings – time of day and notations given.

Aimee Lee: "The book is a sliver of an ongoing cataloging/logging of two activities that could go on for a lifetime. Both of these acts charts only a limited amount of information about the whole (systolic, diastolic, and pulse being important elements but not the only indicators of a person's health). The artifact itself is already fractured, so looking at any one piece can only give so much information on its own.

"The artifact has been sliced, so it was made originally as one large piece that was a paper representation of a Silla-era gold belt in Korea (based on a real gold belt in a museum exhibit at the Met …). There were more ornaments that hung off of the bigger paper piece but they have been 'lost' in 'excavation'.

"I have always been interested in acting like a scientist but not actually being one, the calming process of describing and cataloging, of collecting samples and organizing them, of finding ways of displaying them that inevitably re-tell the original stories of the given scraps of paper or objects that I have been attracted to and kept. Just as some people write daily, or walk daily, or do other things to stay at a good baseline for sanity and health, I do this. I always wondered if I would grow out of it, but now I see it's just part of my process. For my personal health, I've been forced to check blood pressure, which can be comforting and not, yet will eventually become one of those rituals."
(SOLD)


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Blue
By Aimee Lee
Ithaca, New York: Aimee Lee, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 4"; 6 pages. Pen on hanji (handmade Korean paper); knitted bamboo yarn. Signed and dated.

Aimee Lee: "I consider this to be the one of a kind trade version of a one-of-a-kind knitted book (which has been placed into a private collection). ... It is about being blue. ...Fairly self explanatory, very simple. The hanji is slipped into the pages, which are knitted from a bamboo paper yarn that I purchased ..., which is why I consider this the trade version: I didn't make the paper or yarn myself."
(SOLD)

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blue moon
By Aimee Lee
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

1.75 x 4.25 x 0.5" closed, 1.75 x 8.75" open; 4 leaves. Naturally dyed, spun, and woven mulberry paper. Bound in milkweed paper covers. Stab binding.

Aimee Lee: "After working with knitted pages, I became interested in woven pages. These are woven on small stump looms so that there are selvedges on all four sides. The paper is naturally dyed, sliced, and spun into thread. Then it is warped on the loom and woven with a needle. This follows the Japanese tradition of making paper cloth, called shifu, which sometimes was used to transmit secrets embedded in the woven paper. They could be deciphered by unraveling the fabric. The text is printed onto Japanese paper and the ends left long, then spun and woven into the pages."
(SOLD)

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Concrete Love
By Aimee Lee
Ithaca, New York: Aimee Lee , 2010. Edition of 2 + AP .

6 x 4"; 38 pages. Pen on handmade mulberry paper and cochineal dyed hanji (handmade Korean paper). Handsewn binding with matching paper wraps. Signed and dated.

Aimee Lee: "I made this book for the collection, Let's Talk About Love Baby (which mimics pulpy romance novels). I made the paper at the Morgan Conservatory with excess pulp from a hanji workshop, and called it 'concrete paper,' thick sheets of paper that I pressed and dried directly onto a concrete ramp outdoors. The sheets took on the texture of concrete. The concept is a comparison of love to a man-made material that has affected incredible change and development in architecture, infrastructure, and culture all over the world."

Aimee Lee, also: “Through my study of hanji, I became interested in how certain craft forms have survived in the face of mass production and a culture of cheap and fast excess. Seeing this clash between past and present production values, I have adapted ancient techniques and materials in my art to revive and update tradition, and encourage the survival and evolution of the old ways, while adding layers of meaning to my practice.”
(SOLD)


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Etude: sample book #1
By Aimee Lee
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2015. One-of-a-kind.

7 x 5.5"; 19 leaves. Materials: handmade papers, paper thread, natural dyes, beeswax. In paper wraps with sewn binding.

Aimee Lee: "This book with no words explores the different possibilities of paper, mark, and page. The papers include flax, abaca, and hanji; paper is dyed and laminated between sheets, spun and woven, twisted and knitted, folded and torn, sewn and waxed, and bound with paper thread."
(SOLD)

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Every leaf is a prayer
By Aimee Lee
Korea; Wilton,CT; Belfast, Ireland: Bionic Hearing Press, 2010. Varied edition of 10 + 1 Artist's Proof.

4.5 x 3.5 x 0.5" closed; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Pen on hanji. Beeswax on bark hanji. Signed and dated by the artist.

Bionic Hearing Press: "This hand-lettered book reviews a basic hierarchy of needs for human survival, each accompanied by a beeswaxed fragment of hanji made by the artist from hand-harvested trees in the Korean countryside, using all layers of bark (rather than only the white inner bark used for pure white traditional hanji). The leaf on the cover references the leaves of the tree from which the paper was made, and the accordion is made from textured hanji using the joomchi method, a traditional Korean way of softening and strengthening paper through ongoing handling."
(SOLD)

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Hirsute #8
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

8 x 5.75". 8 pages with 2 double page insets sewn in. Ink, beeswax, pencil, and natural dye on assorted handmade papers. Pamphlet stitch bound in handmade paper wrappers with hand printed title on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist.
(SOLD)


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Shatter stories
By Aimee Lee
Canton, New York; Gapyeong, Korea; Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

6.25 x 4.25 x 0.25" ; 14 pages. Handmade gampi paper, hanji, St. Armand paper, thread. Inkjet print and pen on handmade paper, creped and textured. Sewn binding. Printed and bound at Wake Robin Studio (Canton, New York), hanji made at Jang Ji Band (Gapyeong, Korea), gampi made by Aimee Lee at the Morgan Conservatory (Cleveland, Ohio). Images from illustrations by Patricia L. Thomson in Introduction to Women's Gymnastics by Drury and Schmid.

Aimee Lee: "This unique book reviews the text of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee, in a section that revealed names given to women who were ranked in a particular hierarchy by the Japanese conquerors in occupied Korea. The paper pages alternate between paper made in Korea from dak (Korean paper mulberry) and paper made from gampi (a fiber traditionally used in Japan). The traced images come from a manual on gymnastics for women, another prescribed and precise behavior."
(SOLD)


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What now?
By Aimee Lee
Cleveland, Ohio: Bionic Hearing Press, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

4.25 x 4 x 1.5" closed, 27" open.; 8 panels. Accordion structure. Knitted and dahlia-dyed paper. Ink on washi. Signed by the artist.

A book of knitted handmade paper about reaching a crossroads.

when everything has unraveled
you don't recognize yourself
in the grasp of demons
seemingly stronger
than you

(SOLD)


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What's a Conscience
By Aimee Lee
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York: Bionic Hearing Press, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 3.75 x 2" closed, 34" extended; 8 panels. Double-sided accordion. Materials: pen, paper, cochineal dye, ink, corded and twined hanji. Signed by the artist.

Aimee Lee: "The first and only experiment in weaving a book out of paper using the Korea technique of jiseung that asks circular questions about human nature and wonders where on the scale we should be when it comes to hope for our best selves."
(SOLD)

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