The 2015 ‘Hands of Korea’ Exhibition at Miami International Airport's Handmade Gallery will showcase an array of tradition-based Korean fiber/textiles in the form of embroidery works, antique and contemporary Bojagi (wrapping cloths), traditional key holders, shoes, pouches, traditional and contemporary Norigae (knotted ornaments), and examples of unconventional use of materials. Additional works include digital printed a 35- piece installation by Haehong Chang; a richly colored natural dye work by Insook Choi; a hand woven tapestry Bojagi by Junsook Ham, co-founder of Seoul's Fiber Art Fair ( http://www.fiberartfair.org); a pouch work by Jaeeun Kim, president of Posa (one of the prominent Korean hand craft group ); and an art quilt by Eunjoo Kim, -representative of Korea's Art Quilt organization. Also included is Mi-Kyoung Lee’s wall and floor installation using twist-ties.
Mediums used include hand sewing, hand/machine embroidery, natural dyeing, digital printing, tapestry weaving, and quilting. Viewers from the U.S. And many parts of the world will be greeted by over one hundred works by 28 Artists.
It is an honor to co-curate the Hands of Korea exhibition with Dr. Sanchez at Miami International Airport Handmade Galleries, located in one of the world's busiest airports. I believe that HOK will be the stepping stone toward a strong bond and exchange of cultures between Korea and the U.S. as well as among the global audiences who come and go through MIA.
I would like to thank MIA, and all HOK participating artists, especially Dr. Soon Hee Kim, director of the Chojun Textile.Quilt Museum in Seoul, who generously made it possible for the audience to see some of the Chojun collection of antique Bojagis as well as her own bojagi works. Thanks also to Cheongsil Lee, coordinator for HOK.