Traditional Korean art inspires new creations

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THE works in “Enclosures,” Beverley Thomas’s exhibition opening today at Belconnen Arts Centre, were created in response to the artist’s trip to South Korea for the 2012 Korean Bojagi Forum, the first international conference held on all aspects of ‘Bojagi’, the traditional Korean folk art of making wrapping cloths as a form of self-expression.

thomas tactile“I am third generation Australian, and whilst I have very little history of my family, genetically I have gone down the path of expressing my love for textiles through my embroideries and colours, which is parallel to my sisters in many other countries and cultures,” the artist says.

Thomas was Artist in Residence at Calvary Hospital in 2010-2011, during which time she wove textile panels, measuring three meters by 80 centimetres, to hang in the Intensive Care waiting room.

“Enclosures,” foyer, Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, 10:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Sunday, until August 21, Opening at 5:30pm Friday, August 9, all welcome.

Meet the artist – Sunday, August 18 at 2pm

Related workshop: “Your Bojagi” create your own Bojagi with Beverley Thomas, 11am to 3pm, Saturday August 17. Cost: $70

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