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I am an academic researcher, lecturer, and print and textile designer. My research interests include decolonial theories and methodologies, East Asian and diasporic identities, transnational design and material studies, and global feminisms. I am currently employed as a Lecturer in BA Cultural Studies for the Fashion, Jewellery and Textiles programme, and as an Associate Lecturer for the MA Fashion Histories and Theories programme at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts (London, UK).

My completed PhD titled ‘Fragments and Borders: (re)constructing Korean womanhood through patchwork’ explores material and corporeal expressions of patchwork, using the form as a lens to develop histories of Korean womanhood, and women of the Korean diaspora through stories of women’s work, decorative being and material mending. Highlighting the form of patchwork as a process of cutting, piecing, and stitching together fragments, I develop a decolonial patchwork methodology to explore the problem of writing a totalising history by piecing together voices from primary objects, archives, oral histories, interviews, and autoethnography. Ultimately, I argue that patchwork is a form of mending that has the powerful potential to express becoming, and the unbounded potential of Korean women. My research is enriched by my own design practice as a textile maker – viewing the materials of my study through embodied knowledges. This PhD research was generously supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK, namely the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), as well as the Design History Society (DHS).

I am an Associate Research Fellow for the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) Research Centre, and serving as the Secretary for the British Association for Korean Studies (BAKS). My BA (Honours) was rewarded by the University of Toronto, with a specialism in Cinema Studies, where I was the recipient of the Norman Jewison Fellowship for post-graduate study in 2008. I completed my MA in Digital Media at Goldsmiths, University of London.

As a print and textile designer, I have worked for Alexander McQueen, Ellery, Peter Pilotto, Topshop, an emerging sustainable brand, Uri, and as a costume assistant on The Favourite (2018). My work was shortlisted for an ELLE Decoration Best British Design Award in 2013.