LEESUN



is a textile artist and social designer based in Amsterdam. Before settling in the Netherlands she was running her fashion brand in Korea. When her clothes were sold at the department store, she suddenly realized the insurmountable number of clothes that were being displayed, hers included. Behind the beautiful show windows, clothes are nothing but layers of fabric that overflow and get thrown out once the season passes. All of a sudden, she began to feel skeptical about the fashion industry. Afterward she studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Social Design department.

   Her design practices explore mostly our current contemporary issues through the lens of the fashion industry and begins with questions of the relationships between human and society, fashion and tradition, nature and craft.  However, her design practices are not limited to fashion. As an important part of her working process, she constantly questions the aspects that constitute society to push the boundaries of design.





Exhibitions/Shows


‘개물성무’
Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation x Space BE gallery
Seoul, KR, November-December 2021

‘Tools for Conviviality’
Cheongju Craft Biennale
Cheongju, KR, September-October 2021

‘Consumption of Heritage’
The Ro Plastic Prize 2021
Milan, IT, September 2021

‘Consumption of Heritage’
United Fashion Festival, MAD
Brussels, BE, April 2021

‘Cross : weft & warp’
HOW & WOW Linen, Crafts Council Nederland
Dutch Design Week 2020
Virtual, October 2020

‘Consumption of Heritage’
La Manufacture, A Labour of Love
World Design Capital
Lille, FR, September-November 2020


‘Consumption of Heritage’
Sustainable Innovations
Munich Fabric Start 2020
Munich, DE, February 2020


‘Consumption of Heritage’
G19, Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show
Dutch Design Week 2019, De Campina
Eindhoven, NL, October 2019


‘The Sculpture’
Dutch Design Week 2018
Temporary Art Center
Eindhoven, NL, October 2018

‘Colour Geographies’
Atelier Luma
Arles, FR, February 2017


‘How do we save time?’
Timelab
Ghent, BE, November 2016


‘옷(The Clothes)’
Amado Art Gallery
Seoul, KR, March 2015


‘Nextgen Designer Winner Show’
Chengdu, CN, January 2015


Who’s next
Porte de Versailles
Paris, FR, December 2014

‘Nextgen Designer Winner Show’
Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry
Daegu, KR, 2014

Who’s next
Porte de Versailles
Paris, FR, July 2014

Craft Trend Fair
Coex
Seoul, KR, December 2012

Mode Shaghai
Shaghai, CN, March 2012

‘Korea Culture Design’
Kyungbokkung National Palace Museum
Seoul, KR, 2011




Awards/Recognitions


ADC 101st Annual Awards, Winner (GOLD CUBE)
New York, USA, 2022

Finalists of the Third Edition of the Ro Plastic Prize 2021
Responsible Innovation Projects Category
Galleria Rossana Orlandi
Milan, Italy, 2021


Nextgen designer awards, Winner
Daegu City Government x Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy
Daegu, Korea, 2014


Korea Research Institute for Fashion Industry, Creation Grants
Daegu City Government
Daegu, Korea, 2013

Seoul Fashion Creative Studio, Creation Grants
Seoul City Government
Seoul, Korea, 2011

Doota Venture Designer Conference, Bronze Award
Doosan Tower
Seoul, Korea, 2009




Talks/Lectures


World Hope Forum
Founded by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano  
April 2022


Textile Design department
Seoul Women’s University
Seoul, KR, November 2021 



Living Art & Design department
Sangmyung University
Seoul, KR, December 2020


Consumption of Heritage’ Presentation
The Arena ‘G19’, De Campina
Eindhoven, NL, October 2019








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