Surprise, there IS life here after all!

Check out karininkorea.wordpress.com for my latest adventures. Living in Korea has definitely been an adventure!!

I will have an exhibition of my work opening next week at the 508 Gallery + Spaces. It’s a new gallery in Daegu and I’m pleased to be the second exhibition!! I will be showing my thesis work plus the new work I have made since living in Korea.

When I dropped by the gallery yesterday I saw this:

I have an exhibition banner! A whole exhibition banner! I was feeling a little nervous, but now I’m overwhelmed. The pressure is on :-).

another blog

I’ve started a new blog to follow my journey to Korea. I know, given the sad state of neglect that this blog is in, you might be asking why I would do such a thing.

I’ll tell you: I started this blog when I was in the midst of trying to figure out what I was doing with my artwork. It has been a great place to post work, connect with other artists and record my journey and process. As I am now in the beginning of figuring out this new chapter of life, living in Korea, I hope to use the new blog for similar purpose.

My goal is to keep up with both blogs: one for my artwork and the other as a story of life in Korea.

New blog: karininkorea.wordpress.com

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Thesis Show

For all the months (years) of preparation, my thesis show went up and came down very quickly. I feel equal parts relieved that it is done and sad that it is over. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show! The opening was a great celebration!

Here are a few photos:

The TruSpace Gallery was a lovely space for the work, just the perfect size.

The entire show was very simple in all elements, including the hanging. Each piece had magnets sewn into the back of the fabric which held it securely in place.

I will post more photos when I have a chance. For now, I am moving on to writing my thesis paper, which is the second half of this project. Although I appreciate the challenge of writing and research, I am not enjoying it as much as the stitching! And somehow the agility and stamina I have for stitching does not transfer to typing. . . imagine that.

In preparation for Thesis

The journey towards my thesis began almost 4 years ago, in September 2005, when I packed everything that could fit into my car and drove to Savannah. It is hard to believe that I am now just a couple weeks away from hanging my show. The cards are at the printers, the work is (almost) done, the gallery is booked and I’m excited!!


Postcard_Back copy

If you are in Savannah, the show opening will be June 26 from 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at TruSpace Gallery, 2423 De Soto Ave. I would love to see you there!!

Alabama Chanin

One great thing about being in school: guest artists! Last week SCAD welcomed Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin to give a lecture, present her work and visit with students. It is always inspiring to hear someone speak with passion and truly believe in the work they do!

With a focus on slow design and sustainability, all garments are hand stitched and constructed by individual stitchers in rural Alabama. The fabrics are lovely and the garments are absolutely stunning!!

Her website has loads of images for inspiration!! If you’re dying for something in print you can  get your hands on a book: Alabama Stitch Book. And if you MUST have one of these garments by cannot afford the price, check out their website for instructions and fabric!

ACC Day 2

In the morning yesterday I visited the American Visionary Art Museum and what a fabulous few hours it was! What is visionary art ?, you ask. Straight from their website:

What is visionary art?

Like love, you know it when you see it. But here’s the longer definition, straight out of our Mission Statement: “Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as ‘art’ by its creator.

Cool, right?

I walked around the Baltimore harbor and when I got to the AVAM, I was cold and not really looking around, head down, bracing for the wind. Then, what did I see in the sidewalk, but little lights dancing around. I quickly realized that the dancing lights were coming from a tree made entirely of glass and mirrors. Amazing! I knew immediately that I would like the place.

From kinnetic sculptures and stitching to drawing and painting, the work was ecclectic and inspiring. It was easy to see the vision of the artists! My favorite work were miniature sculptures carved from the graphite on the end of a pencil. They were so small that you had to see them with a magnifying glass. I wish I had a picture, but imagine 26 pencils lined in a row with each tip carved as a letter in the alphabet. Think the smallest hammer you’ve ever seen!

I met the artist who created this piece: Cram Guy. The piece was currently being refurbished and he wrote down, what I thought was his information for me, but it turned out just to be a youtube link, which is fabulous but I’d like to give credit where due. Enjoy!

I’m not sure if for good or for bad, but I was much more inspired yesterday by my visit to the Visionary Art Museum than ACC. The work at the ACC show is good, and especially the jewelry is AMAZING! In terms of textile work, I don’t know what I was expecting, but things are mostly garments. Where are the embroiderers? The quirky, whimsy, and passion displayed at the AVAM was refreshing!

Today is my 3rd and final day at the show and my opportunity to walk around and talk to other artists. Yay! I’m going to try to get some photos today and will post more later.

ACC Day 1

The American Craft Council show in Baltimore, MD is off to a great start! The booth arrived and everything in it and we had a wonderfully easy set up. . . amazing really.

Today was the first day of the show, first day of wholesale. Right at 10:00 when the doors opened, there was a flood of people and then after that a steady stream. I had a good time talking to people as they came through the booth because of course the people who stop are those who are interested in the work or interested in the school- so all around positive.

the other part

This is the other part to my beginnings in context and connection. When I was 16 years old my family moved 1,000 miles from the coast of California out to the front range of Colorado. The first piece, Context 1, is California and this piece, Context 2, is Colorado.

In Context 2 (Niwot)

In Context 2 Detail

In Context 1 & 2

I had originally thought that these 2 pieces would be connected by many strands: some connecting the stitching and others connecting the unraveling bits of the fabrics. But after trying a few different things, the single line seemed to be enough (not to mention the nightmare it was to try to make the unraveling bits look connected).

The Connector

The connecting line is actually several strands knotted together in teeny-tiny knots to give it a little more body. After critique in class and critique in my Review,  I’m going to come back and lengthen this connecting line so that the pieces have a little more space in between them. I think that will be better, not to represent the actual miles between the places, but more to give the sense of how much it took to leave one place and land in another.

On another note, we are quickly approaching the opening for the Stitch Spectacular Show here in Savannah. Opening reception: January 9, 7-10 pm, Dimensions Gallery.

connection and context

These have become my “key” words these days. . .  and the answer to why I use maps in my work. A map is a way to find one’s context and also a way to connect one place to another (think roadtrip, get out the map or look on google maps, and the line that traces the path from one place to the next).

After staring at my map wall for a few days/weeks and thinking about the feedback I was getting in class it became very obvious to me that I needed start using the actual maps. No longer was it OK to use the vague reference to mapping. So back to my key words: context and connection. What is my context? What has been my context? How do I connect? How does one place connect to another?

in context 1 (SLO)

in context 1 detail

This piece starts a series exploring my own contexts- the places where I have lived. Beginning with an actual map I then translated that into the stitching. I was so happy with this piece and encouraged to see life coming back into my work (after that boring pink piece *groan*).

october, november, december, oh my!

This happens to me quite frequently: I get overwhelmed and take (unintentional) breaks from blogging. I am aghast to see that my last post was *gasp* in October. Lest any reader think I have been sitting and twiddling my thumbs, the following things have happened in these 2 months:

  1. Entries for the Stitch Spectacular were received, compiled and sent to the jurors (thank you jurors!).
  2. I had my last Review in my graduate program at SCAD.
  3. I finished my last quarter of classes- all I have remaining is my thesis!
  4. Thanksgiving.
  5. Results back from the jurors and sent of the entrants of the Stitch Spectacular.
  6. And it has been a VERY busy season at work.

OK, enough of the excuses. I just wanted to let everyone know where I have been.

Going back in time, I finished the piece I was working on in October.

This piece never “sang” for me, but it was a good experiment.



I finished this and then my work began to turn and change a bit. Someone in a class critique asked me: If your work is about connection, why are all of your stitches parallel? Shouldn’t more of them cross? It was a great question and catapulted me into a bit of a crisis. Does my work demonstrate or communicate what I am wanting to say?? At one point I had composed an entire blog post that was a bit of a rant on this subject/question, but I decided against actually publishing it. From this point of “crisis” I started this little piece investigating the stitches that cross.

This was the beginning of a new something and an exciting/scary place to be. . . especially with my Review coming quickly in a couple weeks. I’ll have more images to post later in the week as I get them all onto my computer. Until then, I’m glad to be back and look forward to reading others blogs again, as well!