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Textile designer Soon Cho finds beauty in simple things  —  like a stack of green garbage bags, a bundle of straws or a roll of tin foil. It’s amazing to see how she breathes new life into these and other everyday materials. I ran into her at The Artist Project in Toronto last weekend and was blown away by her creative energy.

TEXTILE ARTIST/DESIGNER: Soon Cho

The head-turning installation she created for The Artist Project featured recycled lamp shade frames wrapped in tin foil, polyester organza and plastic beads. As one of the country’s most talented emerging artists, she clearly loves what she does. You can see the joy on her face as she talks about her work. I was captivated by the originality and spirit behind each of her pieces.

All of Soon’s creations are handmade and can be custom-designed. She loves working with materials that others have overlooked — transforming a basic item into something beautiful.

 The reflective patterns from her designs are spectacular.

This organza hanging lamp is part of a collection developed around a wedding theme. It’s easy to imagine it at a reception or special event.

Enhanced by tin foil, these forms take on another dimension. Soon’s work has a lyrical romantic quality to it. To her, it’s like creating a magical fantasy world. Even she is amazed by the versatility of tin foil. Soon embraces each new material she uses  — open to its possibilities.

Soon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 with a degree in textile design. She’s now back home in Toronto where she says she’s inspired by the world around her. Her wall sculptures have also been featured at the Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up To My Room alternative design event.

 Wall art created with plastic gimp for The Gladstone Hotel design event.

The materials she chooses are unusual, yet familiar to all of us. Imagine lamps made from drinking straws and plastic gimp. She gets excited when she considers the possibilities of working with everyday objects like disposable coffee cups or plastic forks.

Soon is looking to change our mind-set. She wants us to notice and appreciate the very things we take for granted on a daily basis. If you’d like to learn more about Soon Cho’s work, check out her website here. She’s now updating her site, so clients can purchase her work directly. Images courtesy of Soon Cho.

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