It is my belief that we are in the midst of an art world renaissance. For the first time in decades, high-quality handcraftsmanship is being seen in a whole new light. I liken it to a phenomenon amongst discerning retail consumers. Everyone is tiring of sterile, “Amazon” shopping experiences and longing for old-school artisanal encounters. Though we value the efficiency of our current digital world, we are realizing there is something to be said for more personal, unique, local discoveries. Similarly, collectors are starting to rediscover the beauty of really seeing evidence of the artist’s hand. Hence, you need to know artist Mimi Jung.
I was fortunate to spend a sunny Friday morning in Mimi Jung’s light-flooded L.A. studio. Mimi studied Fine Arts at Cooper Union and pursued her postgraduate work in graphic design in Basel, Switzerland. Then, for about five years, she was a book and exhibition designer in New York. After becoming a collaborator in Brook&Lyn textile and furniture design with her husband, Brian Hurewitz, Mimi explored the art of weaving. She immediately realized this medium was her true artistic calling. Mimi views her creations as paintings, using fiber, mohair, and leather. She has now been weaving for three years and each new series adds a different, unexpected twist. Though she weaves on a traditional loom, Mimi has explored a variety of warps, materials, and layering techniques. I am most excited about her new cylindrical series. Her creations were exhibited in #101ManMade, in the Miami Design District during Design Miami/Art Basel, as well as Collective in New York. You must see these stunning pieces in person. Anyone with an appreciation for highly skilled workmanship and honed technique will love Mimi Jung. She beautifully translates her rich background in traditional art and design into a whole new language. Learn more about Mimi in our download.
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS?
I think in color first. Color has always played an important role in my life. The first nightmare I can remember—as a child—was a split-second flash of a color. No forms, just a color. It can both terrify and excite you.
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Works from young artists like Linda Lopez, Giselle Hicks, Michael Eudy, and Doug Johnston.
WHAT IS YOUR THEME SONG?
“I Was Here” by Beyoncé.
WHO IS THE PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU MOST?
It’s not just one person, but rather a collection of moments I’ve shared with people. The inspirational common thread is perseverance to survive and then to thrive.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PHILANTHROPIC CAUSE?
Helping someone to realize they will have exactly what they want to have. Nothing more and nothing less.
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