I was born and raised in Korea. After earning my BFA in Fiber Arts and Art History from Ewha Womans University, I relocated to the United States to continue my studies at the Academy of Art University. After a few group exhibitions with an interest of installation arts and conceptual arts, my interest moved into fashion since I wanted to see my works being worn outside of galleries in the real world.
My work experience includes working as a high school math teacher for 6 years and as a textile designer for EGYUL, a brand for fiber artists that use concepts of modernized tradition. It consists of professors and graduate fiber artists from Ewha. I actively participated in EGYUL during my undergraduate, making hand-made accessories such as scarves and bags. New York Residence Program for Young Artists in New York in 2006 where I attended the Art Students League and the exchange student program at Goldsmith University in London, focusing on Fine art and Art history for the summer in 2003 have especially broadened my prospective on the world. I have been working with ideas related to my travels and the arts. I am inspired by history, nature, and almost everything surrounding me, but I am mostly inspired by the trips I take to various locations from traveling to different countries or to trips to museums that serve as great resources of inspiration for my designs. The feeling I get, facing the artworks in the galleries and allowing myself to explore unfamiliar countries during my travels has strengthened my design skills.
I try to feed myself very hard in various ways because I believe that you can only express what you have gone through. It is very valuable to produce beauty, but if what you produce is only seen as being pretty, then there is no way to go further. I believe a designer’s work needs profound meaning or a sturdy concept underneath to reveal its design strongly. I admire the powerful expressions of Willem De Kooning, Käthe Kollwitz and Rebecca Horn while I appreciate graceful and simple lines in Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture. I also admire the techniques of contemporary artists Titus Kaphar and Do-ho Suh’s. The way they convey their own personal experience to lead up to their level of meaningful and profound concept is incredible.
I hope to extend myself as a professional textile designer after graduation. My dream is to find my place as a mature artist and be able to apply my design philosophy to my everyday work.
- Textile Design
- Fiber Art
- Silk screen printing
- burnout and heat transfer techniques on fabric
- Hand and machine knitting
- natural dying
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustration