Korea trip


Just got back from my two weeks in Seoul and Cheongju Korea.
How to describe the trip!
OK, a photo or two
The palaces

the GyeongBokGung palace

the GyeongBokGung palace

the countryside

Korean rice fields and mountains

Korean rice fields and mountains

the Cheongju International Craft Biennale

Canadian Pavilion entrance

Canadian Pavilion entrance

Featured here is our excellent tour guide, Joy, the potters (artists who created the installation in the background) David Hayashida and Linda Yates, and tour organizers Cynthia Yiu, and Joyce Lui.

And of course, I had to have my photo taken beside my piece, Mixed Heritage Sash.

Mixed Heritage in Cheongju, Korea

Mixed Heritage in Cheongju, Korea

Now, to keep the record straight, my son, Adrien Sparling, carved the paddle upon which the sash hangs. Somehow his name was omitted from the credits.

Friday, Sept 25, while other artists presented talks on their works, I was invited to do my fingerweaving demonstration. As it worked out, I did very little weaving. I also had brought along material for the general public to try fingerweaving and ‘make a wrist sash’. The response from the Korean people was amazing. Over 80 ‘wrist sashes’ were made that afternoon.

I took the opportunity to learn something. I was fascinated by Korean knot-making. At the knot museum (Dong-Lim Museum, Seoul) I signed up for an intense 4 days of lessons. Over the next little while I’m thinking I’ll make a video of the knots I learned, lotus bud, plum blossom, chrysanthemum, and I’ll give them to Alex to post on the net. Pretty cool, these knots.

samples of Korean knotwork

samples of Korean knotwork

I gratefully acknowledge support from the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Councils whose funding really helped make the trip happen for me.


3 Responses to “Korea trip”

  1. Peg Mathews Says:

    Glad I looked at your website, I wondered how your trip went. Looks like it was great! I am continuing to work on Sprang, using the “Hippie” book as a guide. Do you have any references I could research on if the French used sprang sashes? We reenact the French and Indian war and Napoleonic era. Thanks!

    • Carol James Says:

      Hi Peg,
      How was Mississinewa?
      Yes, my Korea trip was fabulous, in many ways.
      I know of no French sources on sprang, sorry. Then again, I haven’t been looking.
      A textile friend of mine is presently in France. I’ll ask her to look around.

  2. Peg Mathews Says:

    Hi Carol,

    Mississinewa was great this year. The weather was grand. I got some good videos of the battle and some good pictures that are on the Missy website. We re-connected with some old friends too.

    Let me know if your friend comes up with any info on French usage of sprang. Michael needs a sash to complete his 1805 French gentleman’s suit. One of the pictures has a blue, white and red sash, but I have no idea of how it was made. It kinda looks like sashes that the cavalry guys wear. I need to go back through hubby’s library to find that illustration.

    Maybe I will start emailing some of the museums in Europe.

    Thanks, Peg

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