IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

Traditional Korean Embroidery

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August 28 – September 29, 2006
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

This unique exhibit of Korean embroidery features traditional Korean clothing, scrolls, pouches, spoon cases, and other objects. Created over the past two decades by Korean artist Park, Phil Soon, the collection continues an old art form dating back to the beginning of Korea's Three Kingdom period over 2000 years ago. Park, Phil Soon first started to pursue embroidery in preparation for a traditional wedding ceremony. A reception and slideshow with the artist will be held on Friday, September 15, 2006 following a talk on "The Nightmare Riding Korean Literature" by Yi Munyol.

Park, Phil Soon, born into a traditional family in Yeong Deok, Gyeongbuk Province, learned the art of embroidery when she was very young. Embroidery had been her hobby until she made it into a career in the mid-1980s. Beginning from simple clothes and personal ornaments, Park has embroidered large-scale pieces such as the eightfold screen. Her work is famous for the floridness of its colors as well as the delicateness of its exquisite lines, which demonstrates her time and effort devoted to it over the past decades. Park won the Korean Arts and Crafts Award in 1998. She has created masterpieces ranging from large folding screens to small accessories such as spoon pockets and jewelry cases. She is married to the renowned novelist Yi Munyol, currently visiting the Center for Korean Studies as a distinguished resident writer.

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