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Mixed Media

Bomin Kim

Do Textiles contribute to gender stereotypes?

This project aims to subvert gender stereotypes by combining traditionally masculine and feminine elements in one textile. Taking lace as a case study of a gendered textile, this project explores the history of lace and how textiles affect how we view ourselves and others. By contrasting the properties of "masculine" 17th century lace and "feminine" lace of the 18th century onwards, this project has questioned how lace has become a feminine textile and attempts to challenge this status. Drawing from conventionally gendered objects, specifically work tools and kitchen utensils, Bomin develops a series of abstract, gendered patterns. Bomin's project combines these patterns and lace materials through a combination of several process, including digital embroidery and dye-sublimation.


Degree Details

School of Design

Mixed Media

Bomin Kim is a textile designer who likes to tell a story through an abstract visual language, seeking to challenge how people think. She strikes a balance between boldness and delicacy, using vibrant, powerful, and energetic patterns and colours alongside fine details. She seamlessly blends historical inspiration with a contemporary aesthetic, designed and made with modern techniques.

Lace cuff — Re-imagining contemporary fabrics as a gender neutral 'In the 17th century, lace was mostly worn by males. It was worn primarily for status and was heavy, dense and stiff.'

Whisk — The Cult of Domesticity: Virtues; Piety, Purity, Submission, Domesticity

Composition of work tools

Lace impression

Lace cuff

Lace cuff with bold colours

BodyBodypieceColourEmbroideryFashionIdentityImpressionMaterial NarrativesPatternPrintTextile

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