Biography

Jungwha Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. While attending college, she studied the liberal arts specialized in history. Her journey to become a jewelry artist started in 2007 when she moved to Southern California and started taking jewelry classes at Long Beach City College.  Recently, she expanded her horizon to fashion jewelry by starting her own company Bijou by Jue.

Work

“My current works are focused on exploring color on the surface of the metal using enameling and powder coating techniques, and incorporating found/recycled  objects to create a body of work called Refurbished.  Jewelry has an intimate relationship with the word ‘value.’  Traditionally, the value of jewelry is produced by its physical preciousness, which could be an asset. In this body of work, a functioning banal objects, such as plumbing pipe and candy dish, go under the deliberate process of deconstruction. Subsequently, the objects no longer serve its purpose; however, they are transformed into a new format, jewelry, and converted to serve a different purpose, adornment. By the process of deconstruction, transformation and conversion of a functioning object, a piece of jewelry is shaped and the value of jewelry is newly found”.

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www.jungwhakim.com

jungwha.kim@hotmail.com

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Thereza Pedrosa

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Founder and Director of Beautiful People Live Art || Thereza Pedrosa was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil) in 1985, and grew up in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) and in Lausanne (Switzerland). In love with Europe, she operates borderless from her new location near Leipzig (Germany). Graduated in Conservation of Cultural Goods at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, and a jewelry designer herself, she promotes contemporary artists and designers worldwide. Her engagement is manyfold: selecting the most promising trends, promoting contamination between the arts, by editing online and offline publications.