About the Artist

Jiyoung Chung is a Joomchi artist, freelance writer, and independent curator. She has developed an innovative method for utilizing a traditional Korean method of papermaking called Joomchi*. In Jiyoung’s hands, the ancient takes on a more contemporary appearance. The Hanji (Korean mulberry paper) reveals itself as a painterly, abstract and contemporary art form filled with sculptural and textural imagery.

Jiyoung Chung received her B.F.A. (painting) from Rhode Island School of Design with honor and award, and M.F.A.(print/media) from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has had numerous solo (28 times) and group shows throughout Korea, China, Finland, Canada, U.S.A, Australia, France and U.K. including the one at Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University in TX., in London, U.K. in conjunction with the Knitting & Stitching exhibition organized by ‘Twistedthread’, U.K. and Minnesota Center for The Book Arts Gallery, sponsored by 2011 Surface Design Association Conference in MN, and at Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco.

Her work includes space drawing, indoor & outdoor installation work and paper art. Her works have been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Shows, International Asian Art Fair, New York, Smithsonian Craft Shows and ’09 SOFA/NY (The International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art) -Lea Sneider Gallery. Her works are in the permanent collections of Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston and Museum of Art & Design, NY and Cheongju Craft Museum, Korea and Korea Traditional Flower Art Research Center, Daegu University, Korea. She is awarded 'Silver Prize', The 8th Cheonggju International Craft Competition, Korea(2013) and 'Adrianna Farrelli Prize, Excellence in Fiber Art', Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, PA(2012) and ‘2012 ACC Baltimore Award of Excellence’, American Craft Council Baltimore Craft Show, MD(2012) among many others.

Jiyoung has been introducing Joomchi (Korean traditional textured and painterly paper making) and other unconventional drawing/collage through guest lectureship at various academic situations including at Rhode Island School of Design, RISD CE, Split Rock in University of Minnesota, Penland School of Craft, the International Surface Design Conference (2007, 2011), Geelong Textile Forum, Australia (2011), Zijdelings in Tilburg, Netherlands (2011), Spring Semester at the Hansung University in Seoul, Korea(2012), Haystack Mountain School of Craft(2012), Arrowmont School of Craft(2013) among many others. In 2010, she curated an International Joomchi show that was shown at the 2010 European Patchwork Meeting, Alsace, France. This show eventually toured to Korea (2010, 2011) and to USA (2012). She is scheduled to curate two more Joomchi shows in 2014 and one in 2015. She is also scheduled to teach two workshops at Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Columbus, Ohio in 2014.

*JOOMCHI is the unique Korean traditional way of making textured and painterly imagery handmade paper just by using water. The terminology originated from meaning, “making a Joomoney (Pouch in English)”. It creates strong, textural, and painterly surfaces. As time goes, the surface becomes more and more elegant like leather. It can be applied to make self-standing or suspended sculpture, new way of creating painting, surface design, collage making, drawing as well as functional daily life objects like basket, lamp, purse making, etc.

Selected Bibliography

2013. Summer

Fiber Art Now, SPRING 2013 Volume 2, Issue 3, page 40-41, U.S.A

2012 June/July

American Craft Magazine, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp44-49, U.S.A.

2011 Summer

Surface Design Magazine, Vol. 35, No 4, pp20-23, U.S.A.

2011 June/July

American Craft Magazine, pp 20, U.S.A.

2009 August

‘Jiyoung Chung’s Joomchi Art Works: Korean Joomchi: from US to Europe’, Monthly Art Preview, vol. 13 pp 62-63, Korea

2009 June

‘Jiyoung Chung’, Les Nouvelles Patchwork et Creation Textile, N.101, Page 28-31, France