Patchwork Bojagi (Korean Traditional Wrapping Cloth) made many generations ago in Korea are a source of great inspiration to me. They come to us from ancestor women from the 15th century who had no names or reputations. In their time they had little independence, but they were faithful to their situation and endured. Using carefully saved scraps of precious fabrics; they played with color and shape with a Childs’ mind, naturally, creating pure and innocent art works. Bojagi originated from the need for fabric to store or to wrap things, and to utilize scrap fabric pieces, which were precious to women in the past.
Bojagi is rapidly becoming a contemporary art form and is expanding its material boundaries away from fabric and paper and moving toward architectural works, body ornaments, installation, sculpture, wearable art and much more.
I see this patchwork as a metaphor for human life. We may feel ourselves to be as random pieces of fabric, alone and without meaning, but God’s hand places us together in a beautiful composition, which has great harmony and meaning. As artists of all nationalities, generations and heritages, we discover we are all alike, and have been saving and making beautiful things with discarded fabric and other materials. In the eyes of artists, fabric scraps can be transformed and repurposed to fulfill the design and vision of the creator. – Chunghie Lee
Bojagiart.org aims to exchange ideas/ inspirations and enhance the joy of working from scraps. – Co-Founders, Chunghie Lee, Jiyoung Chung
For books and exhibition catalogs about Bojagi and Joomchi, visit Beyond and Above Publications