Youngmin Lee is a Korean textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a BA in Clothing and Textile and an MFA in Fashion Design, Youngmin has presented numerous workshops, classes and demonstrations on Korean Textile Arts including workshops at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, Sonoma County Museum, East Bay Heritage Quilters, Wearable Art Connection of Southern California, Richmond Art Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California.
Her presentation at our May 8 meeting is ‘Bojagi, The Art of Wrapping Cloths.” Bojagi (Korean Wrapping Cloths) are pieced together from small scraps of cloth. It is the most unique form of Korean textile art.
Bojagi occupied a prominent place in the daily lives of Koreans of all classes. They were used to wrap or carry everything from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes and common household goods and also to cover food. It is also strikingly contemporary: the designs and colors of bojagi remind one of the works of modern abstract artists. Bojagi can be described as a true form of abstract expressionism. Youngmin will talk about bojagi during this lecture and show her bojagi works after the lecture.
Some examples of bojagi:
May 9 Bojagi Workshop
In the past, Jogakbo, patchwork bojagi, was made with leftover remnants of fabric from other projects. Using Korean traditional techniques such as Gamchimjil, Settam Sangchim and Ssamsol, Youngmin will teach basic jogakbo construction in this workshop. Bojagi construction involves hand stitching, which can be very relaxing. While working on your bojagi, wish for the happiness and well-being of the recipient of your finished bojagi. During the workshop, Youngmin will show how to use many small pieces of ramie fabrics, silk organza and Korean silk gauze to create a geometric patterned bojagi. The finished project will have a unique composition of different shapes, lines and texture. Youngmin’s workshops are hand sewing class.