When I applied to Rhode Island School of Design, I imagined myself as a graphic designer. I loved window displays, album artworks, and package designs. However the 3D foundation class, where I made my first piece of wearable art, helped me realize that I love working in metal. Thinking back on my childhood, I realized that I had an affinity for working with my hands. Upon taking an introduction to jewelry during wintersession, I realized that jewelry and metalsmithing was my major to be.
I got interested in jewelry as I became more aware in runway fashion, clothing, and accessories. Exaggeration in fashion inspired me to work with non-precious materials and in non-traditional ways. Working with opposing elements led me to focus on finding the perfect balance between also two opposing cultures, Korean and American. Because I am combining “contemporary” materials and small scale metal fabrication, I am willing to do more research to find solutions through various experimentation. The problems and failures that rise during the physical making process provide inspirations that drive my work. After working in 3D, I imagine my future not only confined to jewelry but larger.