Pushing the boundaries of digital textile design, award-winning Korean artist Chae Young Kim creates beautifully intricate designs exploring the tensions between the real and the virtual.
We first noticed Chae’s work when we became spellbound by her Smallest Garden collection; we’d seen nothing like this before. The more we looked into these designs, the more fascinating they became - unique, intricate and obsessive. On one level her Knitted Garden collection is stylish and witty, but on closer examination it reveals a microscopic level of obsessive beauty. Based in both Korea and Britain, Chae pushes the boundaries of digital textile design to develop her own unique aesthetic. Deeply inspired by her childhood, she studies the relationship between humans and their environment, both natural and man made. Using a mathematical approach to her designs, she uses computer graphics with the theme of Urban Camouflage, from which Knitted Room and the Smallest Garden originate. Take a closer look.
Recently Chae was invited to be a part of ‘Lab Craft’, a touring exhibition of the Crafts Council UK. Max Fraser, the curator of that exhibition, shares his favourite image with us.
“…The soft, hair-like lines on this image give the unique impression that they have been photographed or hand drawn. In fact, Kim creates such fine lines digitally using 2D vector graphics … The computer software and digital printing process facilitates incredibly fine detailing, allowing the designer to reinterpret the warmth of knitted threads onto the surface of the materials.”