This week was a quiet week for my personal making as I was dealing with a lot of life changes regarding my job situation, uni and the criteria/ task sheets were being edited. It was a week of pause and for thought about how to and if my direction for this ARI will change and to what extent.
I continued with the group tasks i had assigned myself.
Kimsooja a Korean born artist, with a strong practice using materials which has reinforced my ideas around my own work. Particularly her use of fabrics in Bottari (2005) using Korean bedsheets commonly received as a wedding gift (Wendt, S., 2013). The use of traditional fabrics in a modern context is what I am also doing in my use of kimono silks. Bottari a way of wrapping personally valuable possessions in Korea is only emphasised by the use of the Korean cloths to wrap the items (Wendt, S., 2013). Like Kimsooja I am using the fabrics to imitate the scrolls of Japans past, usually depicting imagery or text.
Although there are two different cultures at play in comparing and contrasting our works the fusion of traditional and new are at play through the fabrics and conceptual ideas constructed through these types of works. Although mine is more focussed on the embroidery, the way the spherical orbs of the fabric have been wrapped seem considered in a different manner. The wrapping is done most likely in a few steps, whereas the embroidery is a more repetitive and elongated process.
I like the spherical shapes to these somewhat ominous balls of hidden items. As my scroll patterns are very similar to a pillow shape or 'zabutton' in Japan. My scrolls may morph into stuffed shapes adding dimension to the flat scrolls. The raised form of pillows allows somewhat of the back as well as the front to be seen at the same time which may aid in my preference of seeing booth sides to my work at once.
Traditional Korean bed cover and used clothes
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Wendt, S. (2013). Sewing into Life. Kimsooja.com. Retrieved 29 March 2020, from
Image sourced from:
Kettner, J. (2005). Bottari (2005) Traditional Korean bed cover and used clothes [Image]. Retrieved 29 March 2020, from