Sunyoung Kim is a Korean jewelry designer who has received a BFA in Jewelry Design from Kongju National University and an MFA in Metalwork and Jewelry from Kookmin University.
Her inspiration comes from the fragile world of “Plants” which though frail have a “stronghold on life, active growth, and prolificacy”. Kim represents this strength with thin metal plates, which she processes through hammering and injection using various chasing tools.
Her work stands for hold life energy under a harsh nature because thin metal plate itself is soft but gains toughness by collisions (impact) of ejection and hammering process; meaning that she understands the chemical properties of metals.
For Kim “Strong Life Energy” is a characteristic that metals and plants share. (We agree).
HOW TO WEAR IT
To project the world of plants, which though frail have a strong hold on life, active growth, and prolificacy, and your interest and respect for them this is a very powerful piece to wear with that purpose.
Since the metal is a very difficult material to return to in its original state after the process, a careful study is required to produce the desired object.
Understanding her work opens us to understand the duality that frailty and strength can exist in the objects that we admire or the jewelry designer creates. This is the mind and the vision of a master in metalcraft.
Born in Korea, Sunyoung Kim received a BFA in Jewelry Design from Kongju National University and an MFA in Metalwork and Jewelry from Kookmin University. She delights in the unexpected properties that emerge during processing, as well as in the difficulty of returning metal to its original state after processing; the careful study required to produce a desired object provides the impetus for her work in metalcraft.