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Jongseok Lim

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Jewellery artist

<The Ancient Travels>

As I gaze upon the unique texture of insects crafted through the accumulation and shaping of twisted threads, it’s as if I’m moving backward in time, from the present to the past and into an unimaginably distant era. Eventually, my gaze returns to the primordial forests where nameless giant insects once lived and the ancient seas where they swam. Those times, endlessly rugged and unfailingly serene, seep deep into some corner of my inner self, occasionally surging forth and sometimes causing gentle ripples until they finally manifest in new forms.

Shapes created through my fingertips, much like the time when everything was unfamiliar or the pure, innocent gaze of a child, are all covered in rough paint. But at times, they burn away, leaving behind unadorned and unfamiliar ashes. Life, seemingly an unceasing stream of unpredictable fears and joys, has transformed these remaining ashen powders. Shaped by my minimal intervention, they have evolved into unexpected colors that defy prediction. They stand as the byproduct of pure desire, occupying their place as a beautiful visual language.


2016 MFA in Metalwork and Jewelry, Kookmin University, Seoul, S. Korea

2013 BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, Konkuk University, Cheongju, S. Korea

Major Permanent Collections

2020 Seoul Museum of Craft Art, S. Korea 

          Seoul Culture Headquarters, S. Korea

2020 Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, Italy

2018 Pureun Cultural Foundation, S. Korea 

         Victoria & Albert Museum, UK

2016 CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands 

         Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands

Selected Awards

2021 Cheongju International Craft Award, Honorable Mention, S. Korea

2019 Inhorgenta Munich 2020 Award at Preziosa Young 2019, Italy 

         Preziosa Young Design Competition, Winner, Italy

2018 Illusion, 27th Legnica International Jewellery Exhibition, Finalist, Poland

2016 Craft Trend Fair, Artist of The Year, S. Korea 

         Iksan Craft Competition, Special Prize, S. Korea 

         Marzee International Graduate Prize 2016, Winner, Netherlands

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