Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

posting news at Design

There are so many design blogs and websites. Sometimes, I am quite overwhelmed by information because I feel like having a real pressure to catch up on everything. I recently found out about the design milk website and I have been enjoying their postings regularly. I like the way they categorized the sections such as art, architecture, style and fashion, etc to navigate the website. It 's easy to read postings and catch up something that I am interested in.
A few days ago, I was going to look for something on design So I went to their first page.
As their page was loading I literally screamed out loud! Oh wait! I had to check the posting out again! Guess what? My name and my work was on display! It was such a great moment to see my work on their website! It was fun to run into something like that unexpectedly!
Thank you Design Milk for supporting my work!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

SNAG 2009 - Slide show

I just found out this video from Arthur Hash's  blog.  It's great to watch it again. Thank you for uploading the video. This student slide show was juried by Society of North American Goldsmiths.  I wonder who might have the SNAG 2008 Slide Show. 

Monday, December 7, 2009

Posting news at

These are some screen shots of my work from a jewelry blog,, in Spain. Marta sanchez runs this blog. I have been really enjoying reading many posts here.  I was glad to hear that she posted my work on this blog.  Check it out.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Artist Awards

I just received a great news that I was among the top 5 of 163 applicants. Yeah!! The Society of Arts and Crafts announced the winners on December 2nd.

There are the selected artists :

Jeffrey Clancy - Metalsmith

Timothy Coleman - Furniture maker

Ellen Wieske - Metalsmith


Saturday, November 14, 2009

From Minimal to Bling

I was happy to attend the opening night.

Most objects were installed in an interactive way. There were mirrors attached on each walls to help the viewers feel comfortable trying on the pieces before buying them.

I sent five of my pieces to the show. Two of them are up now and the rest will go up in place of other artists' work at a later date.

If you want to look at a specific artist that you like, you can ask the gallery assistant to show more of their work.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

To be (determined)

October 26 - November 20, 2009
The Hatton Gallery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Upcoming Show"- From Minimal to Bling

I am pleased to have five one of a kind pieces included in the upcoming biannual exhibit "From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry", at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston.

The Society of Arts and Crafts
Upcoming Exhibitions
From Minimal to Bling: Contemporary Studio Jewelry
November 7 - January 2, 2010
reception on Friday, November 13, 6-8pm

Exhibiting artsts:
Allyson Bone, Alice Jee Chung, Thea Clark, Lisa & Scott Cylinder, Jennaca Leigh Davies, Rebecca Deans, Hillary Dorsk, Roberto Fioravanti, Michele A. Friedman, Tricia Harding, Thomas Hill, Trudee Hill, Judith Hoyt, Melissa J. Huff, John Iverson, Kathleen Janvier, Yong Joo Kim, emiko oye, Pat Pruitt, Robin Quigley, Joyce Roessler, Eleanor Salazar, Biba Schutz, Anika Smulovitz, James Thurman, Marlene True, Francesca Vitali, Paulette J. Werger, Ellen Wieske and Sayumi Yokouchi.

Check out this website.
I am planning to go to the opening since it will be in Boston. : )
If you'd like to join with me, let me know!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

#2. My story - Here

In 2007, I moved to Providence for the graduate program in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design (risd). The new atmosphere came as a shock. Everything felt awkward and unfamiliar. I was completely alone. The streets were empty, and it was hard to encounter people. With nobody to stare at, and nobody to be stared by, I started to dress down. I left my high heels at home, and I started to not wear any make up. I realized that being alone in another culture meant that I had to trust myself more. I didn’t know what the social norm was so I wasn’t be pressured by it. Day by day, I felt the weight of achievement, and the longing to be beautiful start to dissolve. In its place was now a new desire. A desire to adjust to the new environment: to understand, internalize, and to empathize.

My first semester at risd was a time of change. Since I was studying in a different country, one without the same cultural restrictions of home, I allowed myself to explore openly through my work. I did not have any pressure to make beautiful or perfect form. I wanted to be more inventive. I wanted to make something new. I did not know what, but I was eager to explore without the expectations of a final product.

#1. My story - There

I was born and raised in Seoul, the capital of the people’s republic of Korea. Seoul is a major metropolitan city teeming with a population of over ten million. The population in Seoul lives amidst an ever-growing concrete jungle with tall skyscrapers and flashy neon lights. On the surface, everyone seems to be enjoying themselves basking in the rays of metropolitan glitter. What lies beneath, however, is the seldom talked about presence of the cutthroat competition that permeates the culture.
Competition was a major theme that stayed with me while I was a student in Korea. The competitive nature of the school necessitated examinations in subject matters as broad as mathematics, sewing, piano performance and drawing. My society and my training demanded that I excel at all of these tests. After each exam was graded, most students would ask around for each other’s grade to see where they ranked. The majority of my peers believed that scoring high were the only way to gain recognition in society. There was not much evidence to believe otherwise.

When I became a college student, I quickly realized that the competition was not limited within the boundaries of academia. As my friends and I no longer had to wear uniforms or keep our hair a certain way, we started to converse more and more about the way we dressed and presented ourselves. Some of my friends even talked about their desire to look beautiful and perfect through surgery. Although they already looked beautiful to me, the plastic surgeons they had consulted called out imperfections that could be fixed.
Ten of my classmates eventually went on to receive the recommended surgery. After the surgery, they started to visit the dermatologist every week to ensure perfect skin. Their obsession with beauty was not just a consequence of vanity. The underlying belief was that in a competitive society, beauty affords greater opportunities such as getting a good job or finding a good husband.

The excessive pursuit of beauty continued throughout my college years. My friends and I talked about celebrities, fashion, and beauty all the time. I had to be aware of brand names simply to establish a common topic of conversation with my friends. Consumerism was rampant. We longed to have trendy, expensive products. I became very observant. On the street, I noticed people’s appearances — what kinds of clothes, bags, accessories, and shoes they had, and how beautiful they looked. Their belongings symbolized their wealth. I assumed and judged them through their appearances, and as a consequence, I was becoming a superficial person devoted to an artificial notion of beauty.
The desire to achieve beauty was also at the heart of my work as an art student. Just as I had desired perfect and beautiful clothes, I wanted to create perfect and beautiful jewelry. Perfection became the goal, and my process became a means to an end. I started each project with a clear vision of what each piece should look like. Sometimes, the outcome would be slightly different, but not radically. I judged and valued my work based on how closely my making matched the design. I filed, sanded, scored, forged, and polished to the point of perfection. The process was painfully long, and I did not enjoy it. However, I felt that it was a small price to pay to achieve the beauty that I so desired.

-from my thesis book

From Providence Journal article

My friend, Jenacca gave me the original newspaper.
Thank you so much Jenacca!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

upcoming show- "To be (determined)"

I am going to be in this show, " To be (determined)".
The exhibition runs from Oct 26-Nov 20.
The opening reception is Friday, November 6th, from 6-8 PM
Maria Phillips will be coming to CSU and giving an artist talk on Thursday Nov 5th, and a gallery talk on Friday prior to the opening reception.
I am not be able to attend the opening night. It's too bad..
If you are around the Colorado Sate University, please check it out.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

New version of launches

I am excited to announce the launch of my new Website,
I invite you to visit the new today! was launched in July 2008 and is celebrating its 2nd birthday this year.

Good Bye 2008website

Good Bye my 2008 website!
Here are some screen shots of my old website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


On going show - LEAP Award show
Sep 2nd- Oct 2009
Society For Contemporary Craft Main Gallery, 2100 Smallman Street,
Pittsburgh, PA

My friend, Hammy, took these photos for me. Thank you! hammy!
It is so wonderful to look at these installation shots since I
couldn't be at the show.
I am not sure why they put the purple color for the display
background. But I am happy to be one of the LEAP Award finalists to
have this show.
If you are around in Pittsburgh, please check this out!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On going show - COCA Seattle

Aug 10- Sep 12 2009!
I am having a show at the Center On Contemporary Art (COCA) in Seattle! If you are around in Seattle, please check this out!
It is about East and West Emerging Artist Exchange show. After my thesis show at RISD, I had this chance to participate the wonderful show there. Hopefully, many new emerging artists can get great opportunities to step in to the real world. If you'd like to check out the exhibition catalog, please click here.
You can also check out the website at
2009 East | West Emerging Artist Exchange

Panel: Dealer | Curator | Critic | Consultant
Key Challenges | Opportunities Confronting Emerging Artists Today
CoCA Ballard, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
On View Weekdays 9 am - 5 pm, August 10 - September 12, 2009

In a groundbreaking exchange of art + ideas between recent BFA and MFA graduates, CoCA will showcase the work of 28 emerging artists form East and West coast schools including Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), University of Washington and Cornish.
Participating artists are recent BFA and MFA graduates, and works presented span an array of media. The exhibition opens with an artist's reception on Thursday, August 13th, 4-9pm at CoCA's Ballard gallery and runs through September 11th. The opening reception will feature a panel discussion by members of the local arts community (including gallery directors, curators, collectors, art consultants, artists, and critics) on the opportunities and challenges confronting emerging artists today.

Gwen Oulman-Brennan | Esteban del Valle | Nicholas Dertien | Gigi Gatewood | Yong Joo Kim | Timothy Kadish | Caleb Larsen | Rosalind Murray | Noel O'Connell | Maurie Polak | Gabriela Salazar | Nora Salzman | Issac Wingfield
Seb Barnett Alicia Basinger | Heather Biermann | Angielena Chamberlain | Bo Choi | Brit Bele Exworthy | Haley Farthing | Robert Gardner | Tyler Kolhoff | Bret Lyon | Arun Sharma | Sierra Stinson | Ian Toms | Tobias Walther | Laura Ward

Artist Statement

Think of beans, straws, pins, nails, velcro, snaps, cable ties, and
electric caps. These objects are not normally considered beautiful or
valuable. I explore the value of such mundane objects, and discover
their hidden beauty through a process of reconfiguration. I pay close
attention to the objects and their system of organization in my
environment. I bring in new ways of looking at these objects by
creating relationships among them. My work introduces unconventional use of familiar artifacts into a world full of conventions.

By assembling, grouping, clustering, and piling, the simple elements
become complex, and give rise to the unexpected. As the wearer
approaches my work, the experience of perspective shifts and sudden
realizations spark wonder, discovery, tension, joy and play. My
investigation of creation, innovation, and transformation questions
the definition of value, and provides a never-ending field for
Yong Joo 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Second Version

My second version of thesis book came out well!

Image wrap
Premium paper

You can order it from

thesis book

glimpse of my thesis book.

Hot Stamping

Hot Stamping for my thesis books. My thesis books are truly a
special edition. I just made two books for this version!
You can see at the RISD Library and RISD Jewelry Department.

This hot stamping is from Hope Bindery in Pawtucket.