In Korean folklore, there are ten symbols of longevity: the sun, mountains, clouds, rock, water, cranes, tortoises, deer, pine tree and immortals’ fungus (pullocho). These symbols are representative of man’s deep desire for happiness in the present world and appear in folk paintings as decorative motifs.
Longevity is Melbourne-based Joungmee Do’s response to her exploration of Korean folklore. Her reworking of these auspicious symbols comes in the form of necklaces and brooches. Joungmee’s intricately detailed pieces employ traditional Korean metal inlay techniques (or iybsa) as well as complex etching and metal colouring. The result is work that links contemporary expression with the traditional Korean spiritual and symbolic world.
Joungmee Do – neckpiece: Pine tree 2011Stainless steel, steel, fine silver, pure gold, sterling silver
Joungmee Do – Brooch - steel, fine silver, pure gold
Joungmee Do - Peony neckpiece - Steel, fine silver
Joungmee Do – Brooch - Steel, fine silver, pure gold
Gold inlayed floral brooch – Steel, pure gold, fine silver
Joungmee Do – Bird with Blossom brooch – Fine silver, steel
Joungmee Do – Floral & bird pendant – silver
Joungmee Do – bird brooch
Joungmee Do – turtle brooch
Joung Mee Do’s whimsical pieces are created using iybsa: a traditional Korean inlay technique. She also uses etching and traditional metal colouring techniques to incorporate Korean textile patterns, adding fine texture to the surface of each piece