This Artist Takes Weaving to a Whole New Level

This Artist Takes Weaving to a Whole New Level

Mimi Jung is pushing the boundaries of textile arts
Sarah Codraro
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A few years ago, while taking weaving classes in Brooklyn, I stumbled upon Mimi Jung's textile works and was transfixed by their sculptural nature and Mimi's painterly ability. She was accomplishing something with fibers that I had been struggling—and failing—to capture on canvas for years. I've been following her prolific pursuits ever since, and draw on them often for inspiration, so I jumped at the opportunity to get to know Mimi for our Creative Crushes series. Her latest and greatest works continue to push the boundaries of what we know is possible in fiber arts, and it turns out, she's not just a fantastic artist, but a pretty amazing woman too.

In one sentence, who are you?

Someone who isn’t ever too embarrassed or ashamed to try.

What do you do? How did you learn to do it?

I make work that’s hard to explain to Lyft drivers. The long explanation of how I learned it would be based on a class I took at Cooper Union, my inability to work for others, and a creative yet rough upbringing. The short version is this: Six years ago during a creative drought, I took a few workshops, and basic weaving was one of them. I walked away from it regretful and uninspired. In an effort to salvage the money I spent on the class, I started a project with my new skill set. I broke all the rules I had learned and created my own, and that’s when everything fell into place.

Neon Orange and Periwinkle Wall

3 favorite possessions?

My dogs, Truffle, Stitch, and Sunday.

What does a typical work session look like?

On average, when I’m not under a heavy deadline, I put in about eight hours of studio time. I enjoy working alone, and often in silence.

Orange-Red Cast Walls

How do you get over creative block?

I focus on improving my personal life. Usually that’s where I'll find the source of the block.

How do you see the world in 2078?

I’m no longer going to four different supermarkets to get my groceries because I’m dead. In all seriousness, I would like to think that in 2078, a former foster kid will become or already have been elected president of the United States.

Taupe to White

What’s your number one bucket list item?

Design my own home/studio on 20+ acres of land.

Who are you creative crushin’ on lately?

My current crushes are Natalie Herrera, Linda Lopez, Ellen Van Dusen, Mimi O Chun, Rami Kim, Dina Satti, and the ladies of Egg Collective.

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Sarah Codraro
Sarah Codraro is a marketing director for IDEO San Francisco. Passionate about both business and art, she is a strategic thinker who seeks to combine these two pursuits whenever possible.
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