This is Sara Cook’s first solo exhibition and shows the developing style of this artist whose work is inspired by the changing light on the landscape and is informed by her research into Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths.
Her Greyline Collection reflects the changing light in the landscape at dusk. Working in hand dyed translucent fabrics combined with the narrow seaming allows her to explore light passing through the overlapping layers of colour. The structure of seams creates a further linear dimension often revealed in the shadows that they cast.
She will be showing her collaborative work from the Double Happiness exhibition commissioned in 2019 by Seouk Oh, Korean textile designer, Oqomaqa in which Sara uses her love of Korean Moon Jars to create a series of pieces inspired by their imperfect organic shape.
Her most recent work is informed by a yearlong observation of walking in the landscape at the time of the full moon, are expressed in a triptych of panels that are the precursor to a larger exhibition planned for 2024 . These free-flowing translucent panels catch the impression of moonlight on water.
Her practice is influenced by the textile traditions of Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths. The translucent qualities of Bojagi, seem to her a perfect medium to express these fleeting moments. The word Bo means wrapping happiness or fortune and was expressed using colour and symbolism. In her works she tries to achieve, Cheon-ji-in, which translates into sky, earth and the harmony of human coexistence. A traditional Korean value that chimes with the pressing need to find a way to live sustainably.
Sara is author of Bojagi: Design and techniques in Korean Textile Art. She has exhibited work in UK, South Korea, Australia, and the Americas. She lectures on the history of Bojagi and teaches workshops in both traditional and contemporary interpretations of Bojagi.