As you might have picked up by now, us [b]racket folk love to promote artists living in Korea. We recently stumbled upon a store in downtown Daegu that is doing just that. Social Market opened its doors less than two months ago and is full of handmade crafts and unique pieces from artists throughout Korea. As I was browsing today I was kicking myself for not making it to this place before Christmas! I spotted loads of small pieces that would have made perfect gifts. The work for sale includes small art prints, handmade jewelry and bags, pottery, cards, and countless other handcrafted items.
I recommend ordering a coffee at the counter and moseying upstairs to the loft to flip through their selection of art books and magazines. I picked up two small prints from artist Gwon Soojeong for (get ready for it) 3,000 won (WHAT?? I thought it was a mistake. It was not.) I had to stop myself from buying a SICK handmade bag because I have too many bags--but if we're being totally honest I'll go back and get it this weekend because can you really have too many awesome bags?
In addition to selling unique items Social Market is also holding crafting events throughout the month of January. Check out the schedule of classes and directions below.
Making A Grain Hand Warmer by Titisae Jan. 11th (Sat) @ 2PM 12,000won (including material fee)
Making A Dream Catcher by Yudali Jan. 18th (Sat) @ 6PM 30,000won (including material fee with free drinks)
Making 'Wish' Bracelets by Hohogangi Jan. 25th (Sat) @ 3PM 20,000won (including material fee for a pair of bracelets with free drinks)
How to get there: From Exit 3 of Jungangro Station on Line 1, go one block straight (on bus street) and you'll see Dong-a pharmacy (동아약국). Social Market is right next to the pharmacy.
- Lisa Highfill