March 2021 Newsletter Default Category

Spring is in the air!
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노리개, Norigae, traditional women's pendant
February went by so quickly for me, yet again!

I taught Zoom classes every Saturday, and my students helped me grow more. I love to communicate with my students during class.
I made a little progress on the #doublehappinesswith oQamoQa project and miniature hanbok study. I will update you with more visual results next time.

Recently, I can see the changes around the neighborhood trees during my morning walk. Daffodils and California poppies are slowly occupying my garden and I see tulips are taking a corner, too.
 
In March, I will start another Zoom adventure with school children. I've been teaching bojagi to grade 3-8 students in San Francisco. It is my 10th year teaching these children and I am grateful that even during these times, I can offer Korean art and craft program. Last week, I was planning, cutting, and packing over 100 kits for these students. 



Things Korean 
The month's Korean thing is 노리개, Norigae. Norigae is a traditional women's pendant tied or hung on the waistband of the skirt or sash of the jeogori. Norigae consists of five parts, ttidon(clip), main ornament, maedeup (knots), sul (long fringe), and a kkeunmok (cord) that connects all of these parts.
The colors, materials, and proportion of each part make a stylish accessory for women's attire.
Samjak noriage, norigae with three pendants, were worn for special occasions. I was fortunate enough to get one from my mother-in-law for my wedding years ago. There are many things that I can study from this norigae such as maedeup, auspicious symbols, silk cords, colors of long fringe, etc. 


우리옷과 장신구 (이경자, 홍나영, 장숙환. 열화당. 2003)


Korea Textile Tour 2021 is still up in the air but my list of planned visits to Korea is getting longer. More friends told me they got vaccines last month. I am patiently waiting for my turn to get the vaccine to come. Let's get the vaccine and wear a mask!  Wait-list is available so please let me know if you are interested in future tours.

 

Golmu, 골무 (thimble) is one of the seven friends of a lady in old days in Korea (규중칠우).

I think this tiny friend can help our sewing more enjoyable. Would you like to make one with me?

I will teach a class on Saturday, March 13 at 10 am PST. The class is full. Thank you!
Ssamsol jogakbo (patchworked bojagi) is coming again. A Two-class series over Zoom on Saturdays, 4/3 and 4/10, 10 am-12 pm PST. The registration starts on Friday, March 5. Sign up here.
 
Saeksilnubi, Korean quilting technique that uses mulberry paper cords as batting.

The new class date is Saturday, 4/24,10 am-12 pm PDT. The registration starts on Friday, March 5. Sign up here.
The online instructional videos are available, here!

The purchase will give you access to all 12 videos from the DVD, which you can watch as many times as you need. English and Spanish subtitled! 

Your purchase also gets you access to a one-hour Zoom Q&A session. The link for videos and the Zoom invitation will be sent after you purchase it.

You can still purchase the physical copy of the DVD 
here.

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February 2021 Newsletter Default Category

Lunar New Year is coming!
설날이 다가옵니다!
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Children's 버선, Beoseon were quilted, embroidered, and decorated with tassels. 
I blinked and January was gone!

I spent most of my January planning and preparing for upcoming classes. I miss those times that I could meet people in person and share my passion, but meeting online is an unexpected yet satisfying way of communicating. So I can't complain! I will keep trying hard to find better ways to share my love with you.  I also enjoy learning and practicing new things that I always wanted to try. My naturally dyed fabric stash gets bigger, and hanbok (Korean dress) construction study has a little progress. 
I started to making miniature hanbok with fabrics and hanji (mulberry paper). I will share my progress next month. My goal is to offer hanbok construction class sometime!

Lunar New Year's Day is February 12 this year. I will prepare foods for family rituals and celebrate the new year of the ox.
I wish you all have a happy, healthy, prosperous year! 

Double happiness with oQamoQa project has good news! We will exhibit our work in Hanok in Bukcheon in Seoul. The dates are from June 1-13, 2021. The city of Seoul owns several hanok in Bukcheon, a traditional hanok area, and encourage artists and groups to exhibit. Seong ok, oqamoqa's creator, applied our project and we got 2 weeks of the exhibit time!
Please check and follow our progress on Instagram #doublehappinesswith oqamoqa


Korea Textile Tour 2021 is still up in the air but my list of planned visits to Korea is getting longer. I hope I can resume and take off with my dear companions. Let's get the vaccine and wear a mask! Wait-list is available so please let me know if you are interested in future tours.

Things Korean 
The month's Korean thing is Beoseon, 버선 (Korean traditional socks). Beoseon has an elegant curve from the instep of the foot to the toe. The pointed toe is a very distinctive characteristic. Both men and women wore plain white beoseon. There are single-layered ones, double-layered ones, and quilted ones. Children's beoseon are quilted, embroidered, and tied with a tie. Beoseon are usually very tightly made and it takes effort to wear but make feet look very pretty. Traditionally, beoseon-clad feet were said to look like cucumbers!


 

 

Saeksilnubi, Korean quilting technique that uses mulberry paper twine as a batting.

This class was filled in two days! So I offered another one and filled in two days again.
I will offer another class soon. So if you want to sign up for this class, email me. I will put you on my wait-list.
Ssamsol jogakbo (patchworked bojagi) also is full now. So if you want to sign up for this class, email me.  I will put you on my wait-list.
New Class! Golmu, 골무 (thimble) is one of the seven friends of a lady in old days in Korea (규중칠우).

I think this tiny friend can help our sewing more enjoyable. Would you like to make one with me?

I will teach a class on Saturday, March 13 at 10 am PST. Sign up here
The online instructional videos are now available, here!

The purchase will give you access to all 12 videos from the DVD, which you can watch as many times as you need. English and Spanish subtitled! 

Your purchase also gets you access to a one-hour Zoom Q&A session – on Saturday, February 27, at 1 pm PST . 

You can still purchase the physical copy of the DVD 
here.

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January 2021 Newsletter Default Category

Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo!
새해 복 많이 받으세요!

 
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Students' work from Zoom classes and kits during 2020.
Happy New Year!

We've been through this difficult year all together, and I really hope for a better year in 2021. 
Creativity and the act of making helped me to stay strong and healthy. Thank you so much for hanging out and sewing with me! I was able to learn a few things I never tried, and a couple more things that I want to try in 2021.  

One autumn afternoon in 2018, I had a chance to visit the oQamoQa studio in Seoul, South Korea. I visited the studio with my dear friend and we all had a magical time while we talked about creativity and how the act of tearing paper and gluing them together soothes the soul. 
One year later, I visited her studio again with a group of women that I was traveling with. We all wore very colorful aprons and sat around a big table and started tearing colorful papers. Seung ok, the founder of oQamoQa, told us to feel free to tear, arrange, and glue to make whatever your heart desires. Everybody in the room had such a pleasant time! We talked and laughed like children. We all left the studio with our own colorful work and Sungok sent unique patterns based on each person’s creation. 

oQamoQa’s unique patterns are printed on fabrics and they turn into well-designed products such as tote bags, sitting cushions, skirts, dresses, and robes. Their colors are whimsical and I definitely could feel the positive energy from them. 
When oQamoQa’s Seong ok asked about a collaboration project, I thought about how her way of seeking happiness and mine are not too different. This is how this ‘Double Happiness Project’ was born. 6 artists in 5 countries are participating in this project and we hashtag our progress on Instagram as #doublehappinesswithoqamoqa
Please keep up with our progress by visiting the hashtag.

Korea Textile Tour 2021 is still up in the air but my list of planned visits to Korea is getting longer. I hope I can resume and take off with my dear companions. Please be well and safe!

In 2021, I will introduce 'Things Korean' every month. I got this title from Lee O-Young's same name book but I chose things in my order and preference. 
The first one is  Bok Jumeoni, 복주머니.

Since traditional Korean clothes don’t have pockets, Korean people carried Jumeoni to carry their personal belongings. Jumeoni is a drawstring pouch made from fabrics, paper or leather. There are many kinds of pouches, with different shapes, materials, and usage. Durujumeoni is round-shape and gwijumeoni is an angular shape that resembles ears.
Many jumeoni were decorated with gold leaf or embroidery of auspicious symbols such as prosperity and longevity. Bokjumeoni literally means a jumeoni that carries bok ( good fortune or prosperity). They are made, stuffed with grains, and given to children on New Year's Day.



 

 

Bok Jumeoni class on Saturday, January 16, 2021, is full!
Saeksilnubi, Korean quilting technique that uses mulberry paper twine as a batting.

I will be teaching a Zoom class about this technique on Saturday, February 6 from 10 am -12 pm.
Sign up here.
Let's make ssamsol jogakbo (patchworked bojagi) together!
A two-class series over Zoom.
Meets on Saturday, February 13 and February 27.
Sign up here.
The online instructional videos are now available, here!

The purchase will give you access to all 12 videos from the DVD, which you can watch as many times as you need. English and Spanish subtitled! 

Your purchase also gets you access to a one-hour Zoom Q&A session – 10 am PDT on Saturday, January 30. 

You can still purchase the physical copy of the DVD 
here.


 

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