November 2019 Newsletter Default Category

Hello from Korea Textile Tour 2019!

We had a great time!

It was our 3rd Korea Textile Tour and we all had a wonderful time traveling, learning, and sharing textile art and culture with so many people in Korea. In Andong, we stayed at the Hanok, a traditional Korean style house, and learned about Korean culture. We met so many talented and generous people who were excited to share their passion with us.  We visited Hanji (Korean mulberry paper) mill, Andongpo (Andong hemp fabric) showroom, Hahoe village in Andong, and we took an eco print workshop. On our way back to Seoul, we visited a 5th generation silk factory to learn about how silk is made from the owners. After we come back to Seoul, we visited exhibitions about traditional costumes, saw a contemporary quilt show, and took fun workshops- a colored paper workshop where we got our own pattern, another we learned Korean traditional embroidery, and even silk dye using enzymes and black ink. We also visited Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) artist, a Saeksil nubi (Korean traditional quilting) master and Bohnchang Koo (prominent photographer). Yes, we were very busy every day! On our final day, a farewell meal was prepared by a good friend of mine at her own hanok! I feel so lucky to travel with this wonderful group of travel companions. And I was very grateful to experience Korean hospitality throughout the time. 

After the tour, I spent some quality time with my family in Korea. I was able to enjoy beautiful autumn near Seollaksan. My last week in Seoul was another busy time, meeting with people and make plans for next year's Korea Textile Tour. I am going to announce the dates for 2020 in early December and I hope many of you can join me! 

I came back with a suitcase full of new materials and inspiration to create more works and teach more classes soon.

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October 2019 Newsletter Default Category

Celebrating Autumn
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From Fabric to Paper 
보자기, 종이를 만나다

Please come to our exhibit with my apprentice, Steph Rue. We are recipients of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts’ Apprenticeship Program this year. As a master artist of bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths, I had a wonderful time teaching my apprentice, Steph Rue, a book artist, and a papermaker.
We have been busy studying bojagi and expanded our horizon by using different materials such as handmade paper and quilting with paper cord. Teaching is the best way to learn and I am grateful to have a chance to share my passion and get to know more about my own practice.
 
We will have an opening reception on Monday, September 30th at 3:30 pm. Please come and enjoy the afternoon with us!
Location info, 
here.

I will be busy traveling in October but will post many pictures. Check my two Instagram accounts for visual updates!
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September 30, 3:30 pm -Opening reception of the exhibition 'From Fabric to Paper' '보자기, 종이를 만나다' at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San FranciscoThe exhibit will be open until January 3, 2020.

October 14-24 2019
Korea Textile Tour 
Soon I will be leaving for Seoul to lead this year's tour.
I am excited to have another adventure with a wonderful group of women this year!
The 2020 tour announcement will come out in December 2019.

 

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September 2019 Newsletter Default Category

Summer memories
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So long Summer

Now having an afternoon tea is a part of my routine in my daily life. I still am a coffee drinker in the morning but afternoon tea brings me some fond memories from the summertime. When my friend Sara came to visit me in California for bojagi study last year, we always finished our busy day with a cup of tea. And this summer when I visited her house and travel to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilt, we tried to find some quiet moments with tea. 
Even after my husband joined for our short holidays in England, we carried on this afternoon routine. 

'The Festival of Quilts' broadened my horizon and I met many like-minded people with enthusiasm. I participated in my friend Sara Cook's exhibition, 'Transparency and Transition' and taught 2 workshops and gave a talk about bojagi. Whenever I had free time, I walked and checked rows and rows of quilt exhibits and vendors' stores. There were many beautiful and innovative quilts and I truly enjoyed many of them. Of course, I scored some vintage linen embroidery floss with a vintage pattern, embroidery hoops in various sizes, fabrics and antique lace doilies.
I visited the Liberty of London and Merchant and Mills in Rye while I was taking holidays as buying habits lasted until the last day of my stay. I came back home with inspirations, ideas, and materials that I eagerly want to work with. 

While I was busy staying in England, two of my bojagi went to the International Quilt Festival in Suzdal, Russia to be a part of 
NEW BEAM: KOREA TEXTILE ART BOGAGI 한국텍스타일 아트 보자기 exhibit. I was honored to be a part of this meaningful cultural exchange program. Many thanks to EWHO GALLERY!

Now I am in my home studio and busy preparing my upcoming exhibition, 'From Fabric to Paper' '보자기, 종이를 만나다' with my ACTA apprenticeSteph Rue.
We will have an exhibition with my at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco. Please join me at the opening reception on Monday, September 30, 3-5pm.
No invitation required. Just come and enjoy the afternoon with us!
The exhibit will be open to the public until January 3, 2020.


Book recommendation
Sara Cook's new book, Bojagi is one of few books about bojagi written in English. She explains about design and techniques in Korean textile art. If you want to know a little more about bojagi, this will be an excellent reference.

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