Dahea Sun

The artist researches the relationships of poetic expression in literature confessing impression and sensation with the sound of the inner side and with geometry as mathematical expression (i.e., studying and quantifying space precisely). She seeks to combine these relationships and express the result visually. She assumes the simplest forms of all three-dimensional shapes as physical space that may be present in our lives; her aim is to capture the meaning of life that surrounds the structure or exists in its inside lyrically. This work aims to find any rhythm inherent to us through the regular repetition of the same or similar geometrical elements, or to explore any rule of life in a structure that connects us to each other. This creates a visual expression by blending these formative structures and poetic sensibility with the unique properties of the fiber. It is combined with the feature of textile pattern. This can deliver a variety of craft techniques such as translucency that reveal the structure delicately, sewing, embroidery, knitting, printing, etc. and details symbolically. These geometric shapes of fiber are expressed metaphorically with impression and sensation. This is intended to be poetic metaphor to reflect and realize our lives.   The mathematical world of geometry seems to try to produce a fixed result according to a set of rules, just as if there were written scripts. However, a geometric unit made of fibers symbolizes an atypical world without scripts in that it has a softly torn property. This fiber world becomes the artist’s inner potential space hidden in geometry. Her inner spaces without rules are innumerable, incongruous, fragmented and floating. The respective fiber units are her inner little worlds, and through their connection they shape her inner side that atypically contracts and expands. The button performs the function of uniting Dahea’s inner and individual worlds into one. The buttons carry out a special patchwork that carefully connects the soft fibers and at the same time carefully separates them. Through the magic of buttons, she can simultaneously bind her unforeseen true worlds of unpredictability. Buttons co-exist with discordant notes to create dissonances, or connect discontinuous scenes like montages. She hopes that the small, soft debris of the fibers will be bound together in an atypical style to reveal an inner space that is amorphous, capable of writhing, sliding and infinitely multiplying.


  • 2017 PhD Graduate in Textile Art – Fashion Design, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2012 Master’s degree MA Textile Futures, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK
  • 2009 Bachelor’s degree in Textile Art – Fashion Design, Hongik University, Seoul, South Korea

Solo shows

  • 2023. 4 <SOFT EXTENSION> Joongang 202 Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
  • 2022. 12 <SOFT EXTENSION> Hakgojae Art Center, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2020. 2 modular space divider, Stockholmsmassan, Sweden
  • 2019. 12 <SOFT EXTENSION> J One Gallery, Daegu, South Korea
  • 2018. 5 <FLOW> Accessories and bag design, KCDF Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017. 8 <POETICRAFT> Accessories, Yoogeum Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2016. 6 Choi Jung-ah Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Group shows

  • 2019. 2 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 1st Anniversary Festival / Olympic park, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017. 12 < Enjoyment of craft > CR Collective, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017. 12 Craft Trend Fair COEX, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017. 11 <Soft transformation> Sanwoolim Art and Craft, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017. 7 <Art Your Life> Sanwoolim Art and Craft, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2017. 3 <Fashion of Craft> Dongdaemoon Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul, South Korea
  • 2016. 11 Elmia Subcontractor 2016 : Materials Revolution 2016 Elmia, Jönköping, Sweden
  • 2016. 10 ORGATEC : Smart Office Material 2016 Koelnmesse, Köln, Germany
  • 2016. 10 Threads of Splendor / The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2016. 5 YiHAUS Exhibition YiHAUS, Shanghai, China
  • 2016. 4 Hanover fair 2016 Hanover Messe, Hannover, Germany
  • 2015. 12 2015 Craft Trand Fair COEX, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2015. 2 The Future Wardrobe_Grazia 10 The Getty Images Gallery, London, UK
  • 2014. 12 2014 Craft Trend Fair, COEX, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2014. 11 Artist Craft, Jinsun Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2014. 11 November to Remember, Vogoze Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2014. 9 Material Change _ London Design Festival Pringle of Scotland, London, UK
  • 2014. 6 Designpreis Halle 2014 Stadtbad, Halle, Germany
  • 2013. 9 Digital Design Challenge _ London Design Festival V&A Museum, London, UK
  • 2013. 6 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Tate Modern, London, UK
  • 2012. 12 Most Contagious King’s Road, London, UK
  • 2012. 9 Designersblock _ London Design Festival SouthBank Centre, London, UK
  • 2012. 9MOoD Brussels Expo, Brussel, Belgium
  • 2012. 9 The Ethical Fashion Show Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
  • 2012. 9 NOVA Award SW1 Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011. 4 Xhibit2011 Core Gallery, London, UK