Traditional goods that can be used for a lifetime
Kang Geum-seong, a native of Andong, Gyeongbuk province, spent her childhood with her grandmother who made Hanbok. As the years passed and the pieces of cloth that she had touched and looked at from her grandmother came before her, the memories of the past became the art of the present. The sewing that started as a hobby became her lifelong craft and a brand loved by many people. Her unwavering devotion to steadily stitching in a single-minded fashion must have played a big role in this.
The Viin Collection, which was named after Sejabin (Viin being another way of pronouncing 'bin'), the wife of a Crown Prince in the Joseon Dynasty, is an artistic handicrafts-for-living brand created with Kang Geum-seong's good sense and experience. It is indeed natural and simple, but at the same time stylish and refined, the Viin Collection of artisan bedding has its own style and elegance. She combines her ideas with tradition to make a variety of products that are used naturally in life, such as futons, pillows, cushions, scarves, baby clothes, and so on. In particular, the bedding needed for an average 7 hours of sleep per day is the most important item that she handles in relation to health. Peony, pinwheel, and pine nugget, which are often seen in her bedding crafts, are traditional designs unique to Korea that are rare in the rest of Asia. In addition, her colored stripe cloth reveals a pattern with the traditional color shades of Korea.
Her works use not only patterns and colors but also contain her feelings from the old days throughout.
In the past decade of quilting as a hobby during her 30s, her interest in traditional Korean Hanbok fabrics and antique traditional patterns grew, and she started the Viin Collection to make various clothes for living and bedding in a small workshop. She has been invited to major events such as the 'Korean Craft Exhibition' in Milan, 'Maison & Objet' in France and 'Horizon of Fiber Land' in Taiwan. In 2015, the artistry of her patchwork was featured all over the world in a Korean edition of the Proust Chair by Alessandro Mendini, a master designer, which first appeared at the 9th Saint Etienne International Design Biennale in France.