Bine Choi shares her tale of
inspiration to achieve her dream
Davina Thomas attended the end of year degree
show at Goldsmiths University of London in
summer 2005 and discovered Bine Choi, a wonderfully
talented student from South Korea. Bine was
exhibiting the work that had been part of her BA (Hons)
Textiles course, which she had just successfully
completed after three years of study.
I began making textiles at high school. The embroidery
of 18th century Korean wrapping cloths caught my
interest at an early age and I was determined to study
textiles further. My parents bravely encouraged me
to move abroad and study in the UK to achieve my
dream of a degree in textile fine art.
My first textile project was related to William Morris
and he became one of my favourites. The William
Morris Gallery in London is a fabulous place which
I find very stimulating, as they exhibit a collection
based on all aspects of William Morris and the Arts
and Crafts movement. Some of his prints are rather
exotic and were inspired by the near east.
I’ve used a whole range of machines to produce
work and have a passion for both hand and machine
stitching. I really enjoyed using a digital sewing
machine attached to a computer. This enabled me to
draw illustrations on the computer to be stitched onto
my patchwork. My favourite fabric is hand-dyed silk, it is great to work with especially for stitching
patchwork quilts. Although my principle technique
is patchwork, I also like making cushions with cross
stitch, tapestry and weaving.
In my current series of work I am exploring the cultural
differences between Korea and England. To achieve
this I am creating pieces using silkscreen prints and
computerised stitching, juxtaposing European
architecture together with Oriental colour pattern.
For me, this shows a conflict between my nostalgic
memories of Korea and my current experiences in
England and travelling round Europe.
Full of Colour
I adore colour, particularly the subtle graduation
that can be achieved when mixing dyes and paints.
My favourite palette is based on the Oriental colours
of the natural world. I use warm colours representing
the sun, fire and blood and blues and greens suggesting
trees, grass and elements of weather, as well as birth,
oceans, growth, prosperity, and the universe.
Now that I have achieved my BA Textile degree, I plan
to continue my studies in the UK and hope to gain a
masters degree in the near future. Textiles are my life
and I hope to earn my living from my work. My advice
is that much patience and care is an absolute necessity.
Nothing can be achieved without lots of effort.
First published in Popular Patchwork Volume 14 Issue 3 March 2006