I was asked as an invited artist to participate in the International Korea Bojagi Forum in Seoul, South Korea which ran from July/August until September this year. The Forum comprised of a week of lectures, workshops and exhibitions in several venues across South Korea. The woman behind this Forum is Chunghie Lee who is widely known as a lecturer in Korea, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Evtek Institute of Art and Design Finland.
I felt very honoured to be invited as there was only one other person from the UK, the majority of the invited artists being from the USA and Europe. Last year I exhibited in San Francisco at a similar Forum but have not been able to attend either event.
One of the pieces I exhibited won the SSA website award a couple of years ago.
Bojagi is the traditional Korean folk art of making wrapping cloths. Bojagi, first sewn in the 15th century by a few nameless women in small villages, now inspires many influential artists of the 21st century throughout the world. Bojagi has been introduced to the western world over the past 30 years, and Korea Bojagi Forum 2013 is designed to provide a meaningful and comprehensive multicultural survey of Bojagi, exploring its origin, materials, uses, historical background, and creative transformations.
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