Textile artist Chung-Im Kim silk screens patterns onto industrial felt pieces, hand stitching the felt to create dimensional wall sculptures that seem to sway – an illusion made more convincing by the combination of surface pattern and clever stitching.
In an effort to understand the material and its capabilities, the artist surrenders herself to playing with the felt “to understand it’s character, it’s physicality, and shape-forming ability.” Born and raised in Korea, Kim has lived in Canada since 1990. She is currently associate professor in the Fibre Department at OCAD University.
“For me, patterns are hard to ignore as I encounter everyday life. Whether the source comes from nature, historical context or plainly created by me, working with patterns always gives me the thrill of entering a new world. A pattern can grow into a complex image jungle or a well disciplined ornamental beauty”. ~Chung-Im Kim