Crafts

Every year you’ll find some independent Korean designers at Tent London. But this year there’s a Korean “pavilion” that will showcase themes of tradition in contemporary Korean design. Register on the Tent London website. The exhibition runs from 18 to 21 September. Constancy & Change in Korean Traditional Craft T3-A Hall, First floor, Old Truman […]

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Exhibition visit: Korean crafts and design at Collect 2014

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2014
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On the front cover of the catalogue for Collect 2014, the annual fair organised by the Crafts Council, is an intriguing shell-shaped metal sculpture – part Slinky, part oil-lamp, and very beautiful. Wandering around to gallery number 3 on the ground floor, you come to the stall hosted by the Korea Craft and Design Foundation. […]

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Korean crafts and design at Collect 2014

by Philip Gowman 26 April 2014
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COLLECT, the leading international art fair for contemporary objects, returns to the Saatchi Gallery in May 2014 with an impressive roster of 36 international galleries, alongside seven Project Space artists. This showcase of innovation and excellence will feature contemporary objects for sale from over 400 artists, ranging from ceramics and glassware to jewellery and woodwork, […]

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Myungji Ye: ‘Glowing Lines’, in the Burlington Arcade

by Philip Gowman 18 April 2014
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A two-day exhibition by Korean jewellery designer Myungji Ye is the first exhibition to be presented by No Artificial Flavour, in the opulent surroundings of the Burlington Arcade: Myungji Ye: ‘Glowing Lines’ Unit 73, Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0QR 10.00am-08.00pm 1 and 2 May, 2014 5.00pm-8.00pm 1 May, 2014 (The evening view invitation only) A unique […]

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Korean crafts abroad featured in the Korea Times

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2013
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It’s always nice when things you’ve seen in London get coverage in the English language press back in Korea. In May this year the Korea Craft & Design Foundation brought a number of Korean craftsmen to the Saatchi gallery, including master lacquer craftsman Chung Hae-cho. We heard at the time that the Victoria and Albert […]

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Korean jewellers at the 2013 Goldsmiths Fair

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2013
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The annual Goldsmiths Fair of jewellery and silverware usually has a few young Korean jewellers displaying their latest designs. This year they seemed to be outnumbered by the Japanese, but it was good to see Misun Won return for now her fourth appearance at this prestigious show. Despite the depressing economic times, the livery hall […]

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Exhibition visit: Only One – another pleasing show from Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 20 July 2013
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Once again Mokspace’s most recent exhibition, a group show by Korean and UK-based jewellers, presented a range of desirable and reasonably affordable work. From the playful birds of Yu Jin Lee and rabbit-heads of Yeseul Seo to the work of Hyeju Nam which looks like eccentric Gerard Hoffnung-style musical instruments; from the colourful, rustic tubes […]

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The sticky craft of lacquerware: Korean crafts at Collect 2013

by Philip Gowman 25 June 2013
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In our back garden we used to have some Rhus trees. Their leaves go a beautiful red colour in autumn, and their small scale fits well with the shrubs around them. But they’re a bit floppy and every now and then we had to lop a bough off, or even cut one down completely. And […]

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Only One: a jewellery group exhibition at Mokspace

by Philip Gowman 9 June 2013
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News of the latest exhibition at Mokspace: Only One Jewellery Group Exhibition Opening Reception: Wednesday 12th June 2013, 6.30 – 8.30pm Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm Exhibition: 12th June – 7th July 2013 Mokspace | 33 Museum Street | London WC1A 1LH www.mokspace.com Mok Space is elated to host our first exhibition […]

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Korea Craft Design Foundation at Collect 2013

by Philip Gowman 6 May 2013
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COLLECT is an international art fair for contemporary museum-quality objects. It is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and for the first time this year there will be a stall presenting the best of Korean contemporary craft and design. The exhibition is at the Saatchi Gallery. Korea Craft Design Foundation at Collect 2013 10 – […]

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Invitation to gallery tour of the current cosmetics exhibition at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 13 March 2013
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Many of you might have this notice in your email inbox direct from the KCC, but for the record here are details of an exhibition tour tomorrow: Gallery Tour of the Exhibition Inspired by Nature, the Traditional Cosmetics of Korea at the Korean Cultural Centre UK We are currently presenting Inspired by Nature, the Traditional […]

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Inspired by Nature – The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea

by Philip Gowman 13 February 2013
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An interesting exhibition coming up at the KCC: Inspired by Nature – The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea February 19, 2013 ~ April 6, 2013 The Korean Cultural Centre UK and the Coreana Cosmetics Museum present Inspired by Nature, The Traditional Cosmetics of Korea, a compelling exhibition that brings traditional korean makeup tools and accessories each […]

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New publication: Hanji Unfurled

by Philip Gowman 28 October 2012
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If you were inspired to find out more about hanji by Im Kwon-taek’s Scooping the Moonlight and Kim Hong-joon’s related making-of documentary, quite by chance Legacy Press published a book on it last week. It’s gone straight onto my Amazon wishlist Top Scholar and Artist Writes First American Book on Korean Papermaking (October 23, 2012, […]

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South Bank workshop disappoints

by Philip Gowman 8 July 2012
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Not sure we’ll be getting a write-up of Haegue Yang’s day at the South Bank. I got this from someone who was going to write it up: “Haegue’s workshop yesterday was so disappointing… I made two simple origami figures and knitting without anything related to Haegue’s work really. I don’t have anything to write about […]

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Haegue Yang: Vita Activa, at the Hayward Gallery

by Philip Gowman 6 July 2012
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A couple of weeks ago we had Lee Bul vocalising without consonants; tomorrow we have Hague Yang, who represented Korea at the 2009 Venice Biennale, doing knitting and origami. You can’t say the Hayward Gallery’s Wide Open School season is mainstream. Haegue Yang: Vita Activa Hayward Lecture Theatre Saturday 7 July 2012 Haegue Yang hosts […]

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Kang Soon-yul at Mill House Gallery

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2012
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KAA chairman Kang Soon-yul participates in a group exhibition by the British Tapestry Association’s South East group at Mill House Gallery, Ecclesden Lane, Angmering, West Sussex, BH16 4DQ, 6 – 15 April. http://bit.ly/Ie9pv4

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Kang Bong Kyu: Korea, Koreanity at the KCC

by Philip Gowman 5 October 2011
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It’s only a brief, 2-week, exhibition, but it’s well worth a visit. In fact it’s worth more than one visit: From 5th October to 18th October 2011, the Federation for Gwangju Museum of Art will hold an exhibition on traditional Korean aesthetics entitled, “Kang Bong Kyu, Korean, Koreanity” at the Korean Cultural Centre UK (KCCUK). […]

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