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Sharing East with West: The Spirited Handicrafts of Korea

Stabile Education Building

Sharing East with West: The Spirited Handicrafts of Korea
Authors Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky
Jan 28, 10:30am
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Sharing East with West:
The Spirited Handicrafts of Korea

Asian Art and History:
Experience the Arts and History of Korea

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky, authors and lecturers

Korean art is characterized by simplicity, spontaneity and humor, and it reflects a deep reverence for nature. But its unique beauty and charm have largely gone unrecognized in the Western world.  Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky set out to change that with the publication of 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts. Nearly 500 vibrant photographs illustrate an extensive overview of 44 traditional art forms and the symbols that have decorated them for centuries. The result is the first English-language book to give Korean art and handicrafts, with their unique combination of design, proportion, color and shape, the exposure they deserve. The authors will provide a glimpse inside the book and recount the somewhat untraditional path that led to its publication.

Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.

Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky

Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky

Authors of the book 100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts, Debbi Kent and Joan Suwalsky are both adoptive parents of children born in Korea and became fascinated by Korean culture when their children, now young adults, arrived home. Firm believers that internationally adopted children should grow up “bumping into” their cultural heritage, they began learning about Korean culture and, particularly, about Korean handicrafts and artistic traditions. Traveling frequently to Korea to learn more, they filled their homes with Korean artifacts and began teaching about Korean art to adoptive families in the Washington, D.C. area. As they delved deeper into the subject, they acquired large collections of books, met with and learned from a number of artists in Korea, and eventually decided to write a book in response to many requests. It is their hope that, through their images and words, their readers will come to share their appreciation for the beautiful handicraft traditions of the ancient, yet very modern, “Land of the Morning Calm.”


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