1967 Born in North Chungcheong province, South Korea
Lee So-Ra is a Korean textile artist who uses ‘Jogakbo’; a traditional style of patchwork made using pieces of salvaged fabrics, to create stunning works of art. Lee studied German Literature at university and subconscious influence of the early modernists and their use of line and plane can be found within her large scale, labour-intensive artworks. Lee uses fine hand stitching to create her wall hangings, composed of multiple sections of 'Oksa', a natural silk fabric. Oksa is known for it’s raw, translucent properties. Lee uses natural, botanical ingredients including home-grown herbs to dye the silk, resulting in a soft and natural palette. After repeated dying and drying, Lee cuts the silk into small pieces and uses rice starch to stiffen and strengthen the material, each piece hemmed twice before being sewn together. Working without a planned arrangement or sketch, the artist arranges the patches spontaneously stitching them with samssol, a traditional Korean fine hand stitch that can only truly be appreciated under close examination.
Selected Public Collection
Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii
Vancouver Museum, Canada
Museum of Craft & Folk Art in San Francisco, USA