Misun Won

My works are deeply inspired by the unique compositional arrangements of Korean patchwork. The fractal geometry is often employed to analyse the complex compositions of Korean patchworks as the geometrical composition of the Korean patchwork is based on nature. I developed my patterns based on this fractal geometry of the Korean patchwork. I have chosen a circle for the basic unit of the patterns as it creates rhythmical forms. The choice of hand piercing to cut out patterns is to convey the idea of meaningful making process of Korean patchworks. As for the Korean housewives, the making patchwork was an act of praying for their family. 

I also intended to associate the idea of wrapping the patchwork with my jewellery as this was the essential function of Korean patchwork. Patch worked cloths were developed as a means of wrapping an object or food in a careful and respectful way. Korean people believed that keeping something wrapped was tantamount to keeping good fortune. I wanted to imbue the symbolic meanings of Korean patchwork with my jewellery. In this regard, my jewellery is not only a body ornament but it works also as a lucky charm for wearers. 

Born  Seoul, South Korea

Education
2008
 Master of Design, Jewellery & Silversmithing, Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom
2003  Bachelor of Fine Art, Precious Metal Design, Hanyang University, South Korea

Awards
2011
 Finalist, Contemporary Jewelry Awards Enjoia’t 2011, FAD, Barcelona
2009  Craft Maker Awards: Edinburgh, The City of Edinburgh Council
Commended in Fine Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Award
Stephen Mayer Memorial Awards, Designer Jewellers Group
2008  Professional Development Grant, Scottish Arts Council
Gold Award in Fashion Production Jewellery, Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Award
Commended Award in Fine Jewellery, IJL special award, Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Award
2007  1st Prize in Jewellery Category, Design for Science
3rd Prize, Marcia Lanyon Ltd Stone Competition
Highly Commended, Gem-A Scottish Branch Jewellery Design Competition
2006  International Student Scholarship, Edinburgh College
of Art

Exhibitions
2012
 Goldsmiths’ Fair, London
Color is More, iii-gallery, Brussels, Belgium
SOFA New York with Ornamentum Gallery
La apariencia solida de la materia vacía/The solid appearance of the empty field, Galeria Dterra, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
Solo Exhibition, Beyond Fashion, Antwerp
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2011  JOYA Barcelona Contemporary Jewellery Week
Similar Threads, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno
Showcase, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2010-12  SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam
2010/2011  Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London, with craftscotland
Designer Jeweller Group Summer Exhibition, London       
2010  Dazzle, Royal National Theatre, London
Jewellery of Misun Won & Ulrike Hamm, Expo Arte, Oslo, Norway
Silver Schools, The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland, part of the Legnica Festival SILVER 2010  Spring, Galerie Sofie Lachaert, Tielrode, Belgium
Black & Gold, Platform Gallery, Lancashire
Coburg House Jewellers Showcase, The Harley Gallery
2009/2010  SOFA New York and Chicago with Ornamentum Gallery
Goldsmiths’ Fair, London
Dazzle, Edinburgh
2009  Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Exhibition, London
Gifted, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh
Lustre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
The Ring Theory, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Barbican summer exhibition/ London Jewellery Week
Blütenzauber- “Floral Magic”, Hannover, Germany
Emboss, RBSA gallery, Birmingham
Inhorgenta Europe, Special Show “Brand New-New Brand”, Munich, Germany
New Beginning 09, SDC Gallery, London 
2008/2009  Origin, Somerset House, London
2008  Designer Jewellers Group Christmas Exhibition, London
1001, Christmas Exhibition, Bute Space Gallery and Studios, Cardiff Bay
Lustre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, The Manchester Grammar School, Manchester
International Jewellery London Trade Fair, London
New Designers, London
2007  ECA Centenary Masters of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Design for Science, Sunderland Museum &Winter Garden
The Museum of Science &Industry Manchester, The Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

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