A man of metal

Master Cho and Kenny Son

Master Cho and Kenny Son (Photo: Youmee Jeon)

13 June 2014

For nearly twenty years, Sydney College of the Arts graduate Kenny Son has straddled two cultures. The talented designer was born in South Korea but migrated to Sydney in 1996. He is fluent in English and Korean and is equally at home in either nation. He has an abiding love of art, craft and design which he carries with him in these quite different settings.

"Ever since I can remember, the subjects of art, craft and design have always been areas of interest, hope and fascination," he says. They are the stimulus for my thoughts and an alternative expression for my words."

With an Honours Degree specialising in Jewellery and Object Design from Sydney College of the Arts and the best part of a Masters in Design behind him, Kenny is now preparing for an exhibition of his work. His metal craft skills have been honed during a six month mentorship with master craftsman Cho-Sung-joon in Korea with support from the Australia-Korea Foundation.

"The purpose of the mentorship was to understand, practice and master traditional Korean metalworking skills and techniques. I wanted to return to Australia with an invaluable knowledge and training of traditional Korean metalcraft, sharing this through the means of an exhibition and a range of workshops."

The resulting exhibition by Master Cho and Kenny Son, Conveying Korean Metalcraft, will be held at Studio 20/17, 2 Danks Street Waterloo, from 14-28 June, with an opening reception from 4pm to 6pm this Saturday 14 June.

Master Cho and Kenny Son will hold a series of workshops (now sold out) for practitioners with metalwork experience-knowledge from mid-June to early July at the Jam Factory Adelaide, JMGA Perth and Sydney College of Arts at the University of Sydney.

Kenny Son’s blog provides a photographic record of his time in Seoul akfkyss.tumblr.com

Story courtesy of the Australia-Korea Foundation.