Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Jewelry: Materials + Techniques

I will be teaching a jewelry course called, "New Jewelry: Materials +Techiniques " at RISD|CE. The course is open to all levels. For more information or to register, please visit here.

New Jewelry: Materials + Techniques
Semester: Fall 2010
Date(s); Mondays 11/01/10 - 12/06/10
Time: 7-10pm
Sessions: 6
Jewelry can mean many things, but what makes a piece of jewelry unique isn't necessarily the cost. Rather, it's the innovation, creativity and originality of the artist's design. Technique helps to realize a design and this course introduces both new techniques with old materials and old techniques with new materials -- including beads and beading, chain-making, knotting, wire and wrapping, fabrics, leather, found and natural objects, industrial materials such as washers and bolts, and various finishing techniques. Projects include designing and making a variety of styles of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Students are given a historical background on jewelry design as context for their work. As no special facilities are required, all techniques can be practiced at home by students of all levels of experience.

Nel Linssen
Plastic coated paper, 2010

Nel Linssen
Paper and elastic thread, 2008

Yong Joo Kim
Beans and Cable ties, 2009

Monday, October 18, 2010

LOOT 2010

Finally, it's time to celebrate! I am going to NYC tomorrow morning to install my pieces at the Museum of Arts and Design. I am a little nervous, since I am not sure how and where I am going to be installing my pieces. But LOOT will be installed on the entire 2nd Floor Gallery and the installation will be overseen by museum exhibition curator and art handlers. So I think I am going to be okay!

The LOOT opening gala evening is this Wednesday!! I am so happy to participate in this exhibition.
I will upload some photos when I come back. If you are around the area, please stop by the museum!
The exhibition is open to the public from this thursday until next Tuesday. (Entrance with museum admission)
Thursday, october 21, 11am–9pm
Friday, october 22, 11am–6pm
Saturday, october 23, 11am–6pm
Sunday, october 24, 11am–6pm
Monday, october 25, 11am–6pm
Tuesday, october 26, 11am–6pm

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thinking about my dad

The thoughts of my explorations reminds of my house in Korea. I had been surrounded by many kinds of rocks from my childhoods. This was because of my father. Collecting rocks is my father’s hobby. Collecting rocks can be called as Su Seok in Korean. The meaning of Su Seok is referred for a water-based rock that represent beautiful sceneries of nature specially, mountains, falling water and rivers. My fater was traveling to mountains or valleys in order to discover the beautiful rocks. He wanted to understand the way of nature and the beauty of nature by searching and discoverying unique rocks. For these reasons, my home in Korea was full of rare, unusal, and fasinating rocks. The shapes and forms of the rocks are all differents. After collecting these rocks, my fater stored the rocks with basin and put his efforts and time to shower rocks like shower plants or poslish the rocks. The rocks have been weathered slowly.

Well, I am planning to visit Korea in January 2011. I haven't seen my family for two years!! Since I gained a different perspective on the world, I would love to observe my dad's collection again. Let's see what I can learn from it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Reflections and thoughts on my work

Following is a part of my next project proposals I am working on.
After graduation, I took some time to reflect on my graduate school experience. Returning to school gave me a chance to adopt a holly different perspective on the world, and it has had a profound impact on both my work and my working process. I am now looking for another opportunity to change, and to adopt yet another new perspective.

My current working process takes a form similar to the way mankind has explored space, caves, oceans, and new terrains. Instead of thinking about inventing or creating an artifact, I have come to understand creativity as a way to search for, and to discover an insight. Perhaps it is an expansive process no smaller in scale than the evolutionary process that occurs in nature.

Ironically, at the end of this expansive process, I am left with a single final product, a piece of jewelry. Unfortunately for those who view my work at a gallery, this explorative process is never revealed or experienced. I have now begun to wonder how I could communicate this process to an audience. Is it possible to make a set of work intended to share my creative journey with an audience? If so, will the audience empathize with my process? Will they find it as valuable an experience as I?

Archaeologists and Explorers have long been involved in the discovery and exploration of caves in nature. Once discovered and explored, the public also gets to explore these caves to make their own observations on how nature has evolved over time. Like this, as the next step in my practice, I would like to construct an immersive installation that will give the audience a chance to become explorers of my creative process.
I have to do researches on history of biology, evolutionary theory, genetics and ecology. There are so many interesting things that I don't know.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New studio space

In September, I just moved to a new studio space!
Actually, I am sharing the studio space with Jennaca Davis who is also a RISD alumnus.
It's been a great environment to work!
Since the studio doesn't have internet access, I feel very productive!
Without the internet, I can't imagine how I live in this modern society. However, at the same time, the internet is one of the daily distractions that interrupt my work.
When I come back home at night, I can still check my email, social media sites like facebook and RSS feeds.
That's one of the reasons that I am a little behind of posting on my blog. Thanks all for being patient!

Good bye my summer studio!