CHANG is a style of patchwork and it is composed of various woven wire mesh, such as stainless steel, brass, copper and aluminium. It is carefully hand-sewn together with meticulous stitches using fish wire in the same technique that is used for making traditional Jogakbo*. Folded edges of two mesh sheets are sewn back and forth in between, and as the result, the front and the rear look symmetrical. It looks somewhat like a windowpane. The word ‘chang’ means a window or narrative song in Korean.  

*Jogakbo is traditional Korean wrapping clothes as a style of patchwork. It is made of leftover fabric following the idea of frugality. Fabrics used in traditional Jogakbo are made from natural fibres, such as cotton, ramie and silk and they dissolve easily over time. Jogakbo making was one of the few ways that Korean women could express their creativities and inspirations for centuries. The fact that Korean women were living in an extremely rigid patriarchal society contrasts with their use of vibrant colours and exuberant design.

Jee O is a mixed media and mother artist
lives and works in London, UK

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