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Spring is coming 

February was another busy month and I met many people – I taught a number of workshops at the San Mateo County libraries, and a day-long class at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design.
When I visited the Asian Art Museum to take the Korean gallery tour lead by Hyonjeong Kim Han, the curator of the Korean department, I found this beautiful Moon jar in a new home. Of course, it is not a real house, but the Hanji floor, Hanji wall, and pinewood made me feel that I am inside of a Hanok, Korean traditional house with this Moon jar.
Now the weather is changing and flowers are cheering in the garden, but the Coronavirus outbreak is making many people sick and the spread around the area is very alarming. We should all take every precaution, but let's be patient and optimistic!

Recipe of this month

Soft Tofu Soup (Sundubu jjigae)

  • 1 package 12 ounces sundubu (extra soft/silken tofu)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced kimchi
  • 3 ounces pork or beef
  • 1/2 cup Manila clams or shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil 
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup anchovy broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Saeu-jeot (fermented small shrimp) to season
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
Boil water with 10 dried anchovies for 10 min. to make broth.
In a medium heat pan, put vegetable oil and red pepper flakes. When oil turns into clear red color, turn off the heat and strain to get clear red chili oil (Guchu gireum)
Saute meat, garlic, kimchi, and red chili oil (Guchu gireum) in medium heat. 
Add broth and soft tofu and boil. Add Manila clams and shrimp.
Season with saeu jeot and scallion and boil another 2-3 min.
Turn off the heat and add sesame oil. Serve with rice.

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February 2020 Newsletter Default Category

The pursuit of happiness
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Work-creative life balance 

Ipchun (입춘, 立春, Beginning of Spring), the first of the twenty-four solar terms, falls approximately on February fourth on the Gregorian calendar. On the day of Ipchun, people post sheets containing a message welcoming  spring on the gate or door of their houses. My dad sent me three different fonts of these messages this year. I put one set on my front door to welcome spring and hopefully be blessed with great happiness. 

Maintaining the balance between my work and my creative time has been very challenging but I know how important this matter is for me. I've been busy again with weeks full of work, and now I crave some quiet creative time. Being busy means many encounters with people with the same interest and I get my happiness through these. Thank you for sharing your positive and creative energy with me! I have 3 more library workshops this month and I will be teaching a class at the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design. Please come and enjoy the creative time with me.
This month, I also will pay more attention to my own creative life for a well-balanced life.

Recipe of this month- Bindaetteok, Mung bean pancake
  • 1 cup dried mung beans, rinsed and soaked in water for 4-6 hours, blend with 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 TBS sweet rice flour, to make batter thicker
  • 1/4 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced pork butt or shoulder marinated with 1 tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp crushed garlic,1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/4 cup mung bean sprout, blanched
  • 2-3 scallions thinly sliced
  • vegetable oil for pan-frying
  • salt for seasoning
  • dipping sauce- 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 TBS sesame oil, 1 TBS rice vinegar, 1 tsp gochugaru (red pepper powder), 2 scallions, chopped
Blend mung bean with water (1cup mung bean:1/2 cup water), coarse sand-like consistency is good.
Mix all other ingredients in a big bowl.
Add blended mung bean and fold lightly.
Heat a frying pan, add oil and cook 1 scoop of batter 
(about 4-inch diameter).
Cook until the bottom is golden brown ( 2-3 min.), turn and cook the other side, too.
Serve with a dipping sauce.

February 8, 9
I have to let you know that I decided not to attend this years' Lunar New Year celebration at the 
Oakland Museum of California

February 29
Jogakbo, Abundance of Colors at 
San Francisco School of Needlework & Design

March 15
Maedeub workshop at the 
Textile Arts Council in San Fransico De Young Museum

March 28

A Verb for Keeping Warm New class! Flower Pincushion.

April 21
Bojagi talk at the 
San Francisco Quilters Guild 

May 14-16
Bojagi workshops and talk at the 
Cleveland Museum of Art 

June 18-19
DanO celebration at the 
Saint Louis Art Museum

July 19-25
Jogakbo at 
Slow Stitching Retreat in July

Korea Textile Tour
KTT 2020 #1-Oct.12-22 -SOLD OUT
KTT 2020 #2-Oct. 25-Nov.5 - SOLD OUT

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January 2020 Newsletter Default Category

Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo!

새해 복 많이 받으세요!
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Looking back and it's been great!

It is time to walk into a new year and opening of a new decade! Every year is special and 2019 was not an exception at all. Actually, it was a very special year during which I felt so much love from so many people around me. I am going to pass this love on this year by teaching, sharing and traveling. 
I took a break during November and December and now I am ready to go back to my busy and creative routine. In 2020, I intend to focus on a book writing project and hope I can show you my progress some time. 

In January, I will be leading many workshops at the library and I hope to see you there. More info.

My new collaboration project with A Verb for Keeping Warm will come out soon. A Verb will dye fabrics and I will provide a pattern and instructions for 'Flower Pincushion'. The kit will be available soon and you can either take a class with me or make one by yourself. 

Recipe to share- This year, I want to introduce some of my favorite recipes of Korean food. These are my own recipes that I use for everyday cooking and I hope you to try some of these!

Tteokguk, Rice cake soup is a traditional Korean dish for the New Year. Koreans often say that when you eat tteokguk on New Year's Day, you get one year older. Tteokguk also is hot, comforting food during cold winter days. 
The white oval shape of rice cake symbolizes a bright and prosperous new year.


  • Thinly sliced rice cake ( 1/2 cup for 1 person)-soak in water for 10-15 min.
  • Beef broth
  • Scallion
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt/ Black pepper
  • Sesame oil
  • Roasted sesame seeds
  • Egg-separate yolk and white for garnish
  • Roasted seaweed for garnish

Prepare broth- - Boil 8 cups of water with 1/2 pound brisket, 1/2 onion, 3 cloves of garlic in high heat for 15 min. Reduce heat and boil for 45 min. Take the brisket out and when it is cool, shred and season to make the garnish.

Prepare to garnish such as (1) cooked brisket (shred and season with soy sauce, crushed garlic, sesame oil, and sesame seeds-1 tsp each), (2) egg yolk- lightly beat the yolk and cook flat in the oiled skillet quickly, (3) egg white- lightly beat the white and cook just like egg yolk. Thinly slice (2) and (3).  (4) Thinly sliced or crushed roasted seaweed.

When the broth is boiling, add soaked rice cake and boil until the rice cake float to the surface. Season with soy sauce, salt, and pepper.
Add chopped scallion and cook 1-2 more min. 
Serve the rice cake soup in a bowl with all 4 garnish on top of the soup. Add a drop or two of sesame oil for more flavor.

2020 Schedule

10 workshops at the San Mateo County Library branches from January 7th -April 11th. Check the library website for sign up information.
Jan.7- Bok Jumeoni at the Woodside library (12-3 pm)
Jan.13- Yemulbo at the San Carlos library (6-9 pm)
Jan. 26- Pincushion at the East Palo Alto Library (1:30-4:30) 
Jan. 27- Bok Jumeoni at the Foster city library (12-3 pm)
Jan. 28- Lotus leaf at the Belmont library (5:30-8:30 pm)
Jan. 30- Yemulbo at the Portola library (1-4 pm)
Feb. 6- Bok Jumeoni at the San Carlos library ( 6-9 pm)
Feb. 10- Lotus Leaf at the San Carlos library (6-9 pm) 
Feb. 13- Yemulbo at the Sharp Park library (1-4 pm)
Apr. 11-Yemulbo at the Brisbane Library (11:30-2:30 pm)

January 10- April 24
Claire Lilienthal School Korean Immersion Program Bojagi Class 
(3-8th grade) 

January 11
Mosi Jogakbo class in San Francisco- Sold out

February 8, 9
Lunar New Year Celebration at the Oakland Museum of California

February 29
Jogakbo, Abundance of Colors at San Francisco School of Needlework & Design

March 15
Maedeub workshop at the Textile Arts Council in San Fransico De Young Museum

March 28
A Verb for Keeping Warm New class! Flower Pincushion.

April 21
Bojagi talk at the San Francisco Quilters Guild 

May 14-16
Bojagi workshops and talk at the Cleveland Museum of Art 

June 18-19
DanO celebration at the Saint Louis Art Museum

July 19-25
Slow Stitching Retreat

Korea Textile Tour-This year I offer two tours.
KTT 2020 #1-Oct.12-22, 2020- SOLD OUT
KTT 2020 #2-Oct. 25-Nov.5, 2020- 2 SPOTS LEFT


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