Sara Cook: Work in Progress Exhibition

Sara’s work is inspired by the changing light on the landscape and is informed by her research into Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths, in continuing to develop her practice.

Sara is excited to be changing the way she colours her fabrics to using only natural dyes. In this work in progress exhibition you will see the results of her experiments to dye her way around the colour wheel. Sara will have her extensive journal of colourful samples that documents her experiments on view, as well as live experiments using the solar jar method to colour fabric. These will be revealed as the week progresses.

Sara will be creating a new piece of work during the week. You will be able to see how she uses a design wall to build up the shapes and colours for this new piece using her naturally dyed fabrics. There will be a gallery of smaller work which focuses on using up every scrap of fabric to create more work thereby reducing any wasted materials.

She hopes that her change of practice will work towards having a lighter impact on the environment and demonstrate the wonderful range of colours that can be achieved from using natural dye.

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. Being able to reduce the environmental impact of her work, she feels will only add to its integrity. 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 the UK, South Korea, Australia, and America. She lectures on the history of bojagi and teaches workshops in both traditional and contemporary interpretations of Bojagi.


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