NUBIGi ,000,095. by Hyunju Kim
Hyunju Kim is a respected artist whose unique fiber technique is realized by using a sewing machine to transform thread – and occasionally cotton, fabrics, uniforms and stockings – into art. All the titles in her work include the term “NUBIGi” and also a number. The numbers reflect the order of her pieces, while “NUBIGi” means “sewing” in Korean. Each seam in a piece, Kim says, represents the flow of time that becomes a road back to her childhood in South Korea, to watching her mother spend countless hours at a sewing machine. In fact, the factory that employed her mother served an important role in Kim’s life, as the threads, clothes and cottons around her became her toys. Prior to using a sewing machine to create her art, Kim painted and crafted collages. Kim lives in New York City.