Lee So-Ra


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 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 serene and natural palette. 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.

For ‘Ottchil Jogakbo’, Lee collected ramie fabric from traditional clothing tailors in local, using these to compose one large-scale Jogakbo. Lee allowed the ‘salvaged ramie’ to steer her palette and pattern, both conceptually and physically linking each tailor’s work together. Coating the fabrics with Ottchil, (Korean natural lacquer), Lee deepens the vibrancy, giving new life to these ‘scraps’, celebrating the overlooked art of Jogakbo.

Selected Public Collection

Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii

Vancouver Museum, Canada

Museum of Craft & Folk Art in San Francisco, USA