Won Ju Seo

Won Ju Seo

Won Ju Seo

In 1998, Wonju Seo immigrated to the United States to pursue her artistic passion of silk painting. She is currently residing and working in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Seo creates contemporary installation pieces that incorporate traditional Bojagi patchwork cloths made from natural fabrics like ramie, hemp and silk. She then embellishes these works with silk painting, collage and embroidery to produce vibrant abstract textile artworks.

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Won ju seo is an artist to watch; she has transformed traditional Korean wrapping cloths (bojagi) into abstract works of art that are both functional and enjoyable. To create her piece, Won ju seo utilizes various mediums such as silk thread, metallic cloth, foam board and pigment; the photo showcases her most impressive achievement: the aforementioned bojagi. She is a major exhibitor within the textile arts world with work featured in some prestigious collections worldwide.

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Korean Bojagi (wrapping cloths) are an easy-to-do art project that can be used to wrap gifts or create self-portraits. This centuries-old folk tradition dates back centuries, where artists were encouraged to express their personal sentiments through fabric covers by mixing colors and patterns to reflect values and beliefs. Fabric covers could be reversible and durable, often featuring nature’s symbols for good fortune, longevity, happiness or other positive attributes. Students used the fabric both for gift wrapping others’ presents or creating mini self-portraits which they gave their parents/guardians as presents. See Youngmin Lee’s video demonstration for full step by step instructions on bojagi wrapping as well as what materials you’ll need!

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Bojagi, or textile covers, are a traditional Korean gift that expresses individual sentiments through embroidered images. Traditionally triple-stitched with raised seams, these durable wraps could be reversible and durable for various uses. In this workshop, students create their own self-portrait on bojagi wrap for their parents/guardians as an activity to connect them to their heritage while also showcasing their individual style. Not only can you use bojagi for gift wrap purposes in the classroom – from birthdays and class events to fundraisers – students-made bojagi can even sell student-made bojagi as part of class fundraisers!

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For a classroom activity, students were challenged to create a bojagi that represented their favorite color and pattern. Not only was this an enjoyable and educational challenge for them, but the reversible textile covers also became symbolic of good fortune within the class (think big bags of candy or free homework passes!). In this video by Youngmin Lee, she shows how to make no-sew bojagi using fabric scraps and iron-on adhesive – one of my favorites from her Bojagi Diary series!

Check out more Bojagi Diary videos to explore Asian art, design and culture! The Bojagi Diary series provides teachers with a fun and creative way to encourage their students’ critical thinking on Asian art, design and culture.






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