Reconnecting Roots

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“I don’t know how to sew,” a little boy whispered to me as he stared at the colorful cloth in my hands. In front of him lay sewing instruments and fabrics spread across a long table. I was at the Boone Children’s Gallery, sewing different patches together to create a traditional Korean wrapping cloth, known as a bojagi, when he came up to me.

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“Well, I’m glad you came because I also didn’t know how to sew, but I learned right here!”
“Really?” the little boy asked.
“Really!” I answered back.

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When the LACMA Education team brought up the idea of creating the world’s largest bojagi, I was given the perfect opportunity to learn how to sew after years of wanting to learn. Sewing has been a part of my family for a long time, but I personally never learned…

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LACMA Boone Children’s Gallery

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Don’t be fooled by its name! The Boone Children’s Gallery offers a free space for everyone of all ages to learn and make art. I have been privileged to have been on assignment for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest encyclopedic museum in the Western United States. I photographed the visitors at the Boone Children’s Gallery, also known as “The Boone”. As a current Gallery Facilitator in the space, I also have an opportunity to teach different programs related to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. For example, I have taught the different techniques of Korean Brush painting to children as young as four and visitors as old as ninety. It is truly a great space to explore your creativity while learning about different types of art and the histories of various cultures.