Artist: Woo Jin Joo

A sock with a textile embroidered head protruding from the heel.

I Dream of You

MA Textiles
Royal College of Art

Woo Jin is a mixed media artist.

Woo Jin works across a range of disciplines including painting, animation and textile art. Influenced by Asian philosophies, traditions and culture, her work investigates the relationship we have to the ordinary objects in our daily lives. Exploring how we perceive value in our consumerist society, Woo Jin’s practice seeks to re-enchant and to recover a lost poetry in the everyday objects that are overlooked, unnoticed, replaceable or disposable. Transforming these items by working directly into and onto them, Woo Jin brings these ordinary objects to life, gives them their own character and voice, and in doing so, encourages us to reassess their value in our day-to-day lives.

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A large embroidered bag.
A bag embroidered with a large detailed tiger.
An oriental looking embroidery.
Two sculptured hands reach up form the floor and a painting of a green monster hangs nearby.

(Top row, left to right)
十长生 Ten Symbols of Longevity
虎死留皮,人死留名。When a tiger dies it leaves behind its skin, when a man dies he leaves behind his name
(Bottom row, left to right)
Don’t Look Back and Your Hat

In:Site 2022

Woo Jin Joo is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Woo Jin Joo’s project, Re-enchanting Textiles, encouraged people to create their own artwork from old textiles that are no longer wearable or useable. Using drawing, simple sewing techniques and imagination, Woo Jin’s project offered fun, accessible ideas to create a new life for discarded fabrics, encouraging the public to explore how neglected materials they already own can be transformed into items to be cherished

Two socks with embroidery decorations and a blue square of fabric with embroidery and applique on a white background
A blue square of fabric with embroidery and applique decorations
A black sock with yellow and blue embroidery decoration
A colourful striped sock with yellow and red embroidery decoration, which resembles a face.

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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