Soon Yul Kang: Spiritual Journey (2012). Cotton collage, ink, 96 x 96 cm
Soon Yul Kang studied Fibre Arts in Korea, Japan and UK. She received a MA in textiles (Visual Arts) at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has been a resident artist in Kew Art Studio in Richmond since 1998. She specialises in hand woven tapestries, but also creates collages and mixed media works. She has exhibited widely in UK and Korea and internationally and also has been invited as a demonstrating artist at Art in Action 2010, 2011 & 2012. A tapestry of hers is on permanent display at West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham in UK and Yedam Church in Seoul, Korea and private collections in UK, Ireland, Germany, U.S.A., Japan and Korea. She lectured at Ewha Womans University, Dongduk Women’s University, Sangmyung University and Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.
“My tapestries of tranquil landscapes involve subtle changes in colour and light that reflect changes in perspective and mood to induce a sense of peace, healing and meditation inspired by the Zen understanding of simplicity, stillness and emptiness.
For recent collage works I choose meaningful words or signs. I carefully and repeatedly write them on Korean mulberry paper or pure cotton as a ritual like Zen practice. The meaning of the words and signs are related to a spiritual journey. I cut the written one into very tiny square sizes to start, and then gradually increase the size as I create a circular form. Circle and square refer to Yin and Yang but I also use a circle in my works to convey a sense of immortality and of an on-going journey.”
- LIGHT POETRY, LA NOUVA PESA, Rome, Italy, 2016 (Solo)
- Spiritual Journey, MOKSPACE, London, U.K., 2013 (Solo)
- Time for Stillness….Time for Silence, Artspace Galleries, London, U.K., 2010 (Solo)
- Art in Action, Waterperry House, Oxfordshire 2010, 2011, 2012
- Woven Horizon, Colne Gallery, Colchester, U.K., 2009 (Solo)
- Weaving Within, Smith Art Gallery & Museum and Stirling Castle, Stirling, UK, 2009
Poet, Columnist & International Writer
Korean College of Education, Chosun University, BA (03.1977 – 02.1981)
- Poems on Korean Weekly, Mokpo Nagne, UK Life, 2002 – Present
- Director of Calvary PR. Church, 2013,2014
- Published Poem Book (2006), Retailed at Internet Daum and Kyobo Moon Go, 2016, present
- Samsung Mulsan UK, Senior Adm 1990-1994,8., Techmedia Europe Ltd, Senior Manager 1994-2007
- Columnist for Hanin Sin Moon (Korean Newspaper ) 2002 – 2004
- Awards Overseas Korean Foundation (Poem), Certificate International Writer 2001 & 2004
- Mokpo Jeong Myung Girls High School Teacher (Korean Language) 03.1981 – 02.1985
Ji Eun Jung is a professional kayagum player and a national initiator of the Important Intangible Cultural Assets of Korea, No.23 Jook Pa Kim Sanjo.
She did her BA in Korean Traditional Music at Ewha Woman’s University and MA in Asian Music at Dong Gook University.
After graduating she had performed all over the world such as the 31st Hong Kong ‘ICTM’ invitation performance, South Columbia University in America ‘Flaser Hall’ Performance, Canada UBC and Hawaii University invitation performance, Berlin ‘research of the world issue association’ performance, and since 2003 she has been living in UK and performing for various occasions at London City Hall, Indigo2, Asia House, British Museum, Oxford University and so on. She’s also holding various seminars, workshops and currently lectures of Kayagum class at Korean Cultural Center in UK and she used to be a Chairwoman of Korean Artists association UK. She is also director of duet music team ‘KAYA’ (Kayagum and guitar music duet).
- Korean Night at Davos (The World Economic) Forum in Davos, Swiss 2015
- The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London 2015
- Korean Music Night in Sofia, Bulgaria 2014
- Korea Fantasia in Dublin, Ireland 2014
- Korean Music Night in Ankara, Turkey 2014
- Kayagum playing with Thames Philhamonia Orchestra, 2013
- Korean Music Night at Concert Hall in Stockholm, 2013
- Gastech 2014 Korea launch ‘Korean Night’, Indigo 2, London, 2012
- Kaya Concert ‘Bridge’, Korean Cultural Centre, 2011
- Kayagum Seminar ‘Open Discussion on Instrumental Routes in Far East Asia’ at Kingston University, 2009
- Kayagum Solo Concert, British Museum, London, 2009