Celebrating Forum 2016

2016 Korea Bojagi Forum 

  Chunghie Lee, founder and organizer of the Bojagi Forum has continued to impress with the third biennial conference on the Korean wrapping cloth and patchwork tradition. Lee has the drive, devotion and dedication to bring together a multitude of national and international scholars, artists, collectors and lovers of textiles who share the same passion. 

Suwon Hwaseong, a UNESCO designated fortress city outside of Seoul set the stage for Bojagi Forum 2016 and this historic town was the perfect location for the intersection of traditional and contemporary expressions of art. Exhibitions throughout the city were coordinated to showcase historical, antique collections as well as contemporary, re-interpreted bojagi to highlight the evolution and creative responses in maintaining a living tradition.

The four days of lectures addressed a broad range of presentations by university professors and cultural ministers, curators, artists, historians, gallery owners, and magazine editors. Discussions on aesthetics and methodologies, historical bojagi, transforming values, visual languages, sustainability, material uses, natural dyeing, carrying cloths, fiber art now, patchwork and piecing were some of the topics which reinforced the essence of bojagi as an influential cultural force. 

Workshops enhanced the forum with hand-on experiences in traditional bojagi-making, joomchi (paper manipulation), mini-sculptures, saeksil quilting, and natural dyeing by experts in the field. The knowledge learned would soon disperse around the world by the gathering of international participants.

Bojagi Forum succeeded in defining a new understanding that goes beyond materials and techniques. By respecting intentions, embracing intuition, and re-designing a value system, this conference validates the human interactions with objects referencing the global and contemporary world we live in now. Bojagi Forum is a mechanism for recording history, a continuum from the past to the present, giving voice to an artform that was once made by anonymous makers.

Sara Oka, Curator of Textile, Honolulu Museum of Art

 

        

Attendees at the 2016 Korea Bojagi Forum

 

  • Gallery Openings
    Gallery Openings
  • Opening event
    Opening event
  • Opening Suwon Museum
    Opening Suwon Museum
  • Suwon Museum
    Suwon Museum
  • Opening Sima Gallery
    Opening Sima Gallery
  • Sima Gallery
    Sima Gallery
  • Sima gallery
    Sima gallery
  • Sima Gallery
    Sima Gallery
  • Sima Gallery
    Sima Gallery
  • Haeggungil Gallery
    Haeggungil Gallery
  • Haeggungil Gallery
    Haeggungil Gallery
  • Lim Museum
    Lim Museum
  • Rodeo Gallery
    Rodeo Gallery
  • Rodeo Gallery
    Rodeo Gallery
  • Sima Gallery
    Sima Gallery

 Exhibitions at the 2016 Forum were mounted at the Haegunggil Gallery, the Sima Museum, the Suwon Museum, the Lim Gallery, and the Rodeo Gallery in Suwon City.

 

The third Korea Bojagi Forum

이정희 인물 The Third biennial Korea Bojagi Forum was dedicated to new bojagi work that expresses its own time. As it is the artistic value of the work that matters, the pieces can take many forms, from the traditional two-dimensional work to sculptural pieces. A great range of bojagi-inspired work will be on display at the Forum, as I have also invited  artists from different areas, including ceramics, textiles,, painting, and sculpture to submit their interpretations of the Korean textile tradition. Among exhibitions of old and new work, the Suwon Bojagi Members Association will have its own exhibition. Thanks to the Suwon Agricultural Technology Center, this year’s Forum took place in the UNESCO-designated historical city of Suwon, rich in ancient and contemporary architecture, and great cultural, culinary, and art- related experiences.

Chunghie Lee, Founder and Organizer of KBF.

 

  • Maria Tulokas
    Maria Tulokas
  • Tour-Seoul Quilt-Textile Museum
    Tour-Seoul Quilt-Textile Museum
  • Tour-Museum of Korean Embroidery
    Tour-Museum of Korean Embroidery
  • Tour-Museum of Korean Embroider
    Tour-Museum of Korean Embroider
  • Tour-Museum of Korean Embroider
    Tour-Museum of Korean Embroider
    Dr. Hur Donghwa
  • Final Dinner
    Final Dinner
  • Bojagi workshop
    Bojagi workshop
  • Natural dyestuffs
    Natural dyestuffs
  • Natural dye workshop
    Natural dye workshop
  • Natural dye workshop
    Natural dye workshop
  • Natural dye results
    Natural dye results
  • Traditional Hat workshop
    Traditional Hat workshop
  • Joomchi workshop
    Joomchi workshop
  • Culinary School
    Culinary School
  • Culinary School
    Culinary School
  • Natural Dye lecture
    Natural Dye lecture
  • Marcia Young Lecture
    Marcia Young Lecture
  • Bojagi workshop
    Bojagi workshop

 

Forum Activities included lectures, workshops, a visit to a Culinary School, and a post-conference Tour to Seoul museums.

 

 

KOREA Bojagi Forum _LOGO     Suwon City

   Exhibition Catalogs from past Forums are available from Beyond & Above Publications, http://www.beyondabove.com/