Did you know there’s an art gallery inside Youngsan Station on the green subway line? If so, I’d like to congratulate you on being a pretty observant person. Even though Metro Gallery is a reasonably large space inside the station, it’s very easy to pass by if you’re not looking for it. Maybe that’s because...Read More
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
Do all expats in Korea eventually turn in to grumpy kimchi-hating perpetual eye-rollers? It can sometimes feel that way. [b]racket artist Kevin Kilgore (featured in the September issue) recently had something to say about the cure for his own bad attitude in the Korea Herald this week.
“It’s so easy to start complaining about life in Korea, especially when you’ve been here for a while,” he told the Herald. “So, I figured I’m here for a reason, and I must like it here, so why not draw about that?”
And so he did. Things I Love About Korea is one of Kilgore's ongoing projects. The name says it all; he is compiling a list of things he loves about living in the ROK and draws comics to illustrate his points. I found myself agreeing with a lot of "loves" on his list, such as Korea's delicious and inexpensive food or all the "freebies" that come heavily taped to products you buy at the grocery store. While scrolling though some of Kilgore's comics I even began to feel a bit sappy and sentimental about those interactions and occurrences that we can only experience here in Korea. Then I remembered how much people spit in the street and got a hold of myself.
But remember to focus on the positives, folks, and keep up with all the Korean things Kevin loves (you probably love 'em too) at his blog.
Check out the article at the Korea Herald which features Kilgore and a number of other artists who have experienced and create comics based on expat life in the country we love, and admittedly, sometimes love to hate.
- Lisa Highfill