Joanne Jin (b.1987. Seoul) is a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist, designer, maker, idea person who primarily deals with textiles. She recently obtained her bachelor of design at OCAD University (formerly known as Ontario College of Art + Design) where she specialized in fibre art and design. She briefly studied at Capilano University in Vancouver,BC where she took media art (compromised of photography, video art/ film, and performance art), drawing and painting.


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So this is one of the reasons why I went to New York for the past week! It was a wonderful trip where I finally got to see what Indigo was about and it was fun being able to participate in it. The company that I intern for, P R N T Studio, deals with textile patterns for fashion, home decor, and stationary goods. It was nice to have some of my pieces in the show. I would put up photos of my fabrics but I don’t think I’m allowed to do that for copyright reasons. All in all it was a great experience and I can’t wait to return back!

It’s been awhile I have posted anything. Happy New Year and all that jazz. I just came back from New York last night for my internship/ personal vacay. Will be posting bunch of new things soon :)

It’s been awhile I have posted anything. Happy New Year and all that jazz. I just came back from New York last night for my internship/ personal vacay. Will be posting bunch of new things soon :)


I can’t believe the last time I blogged was back mid-September and it’s already end of October. I’ve been busy working on sets for TV shows and commercials in the art department. Working for TV/ Film is something that I always did on the side throughout university. Now that I’m done school I’m trying to make it into a full-time career.

Photo above I was asked by the production designer to refurbish vintage suitcases for a reality musical show. Days are long and often times you’ll have to do labor intensive tasks but I love the creative side to this job.

Let’s Not Forget About TIFF; Fashion Spotting

It’s TIFF week here in Toronto, ON. What does TIFF stand for? Toronto International Film Festival! Last Thursday was an eventful day for both Toronto and New York. In New York it was the beginning of New York Fashion Week (starting off with Fashion’s Night Out) and here, we attempted to have our own little FNO but the biggest event that unfolded was the opening of TIFF. TIFF brings in celebrities from all over the world to promote the recent films they have been working on. For a girl who is interested in more in fashion, it’s still an exciting time for me tosee the red carpet fashion.

Here are my top 3 favorites:

Emma Watson in Erdem

I would definitely have to say this is my favorite out of all the outfits that I have seen coming out of the red carpet. Even after looking at a photo of Emma Watson in this mini-dress from Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu (!!!), I thought about this dress again the next day. I think the embroidery? or digital print of the floral design is mature, settled, and sophisticated in a classy way. I like how she contemporized the dress with the pointy toe heels and silver bracelets.

Keira Knightley in Elie Saab

Keira Knightley wore this Elie Saab gown to the premiere of “Anna Karenina”. The gown got a real old classy charm (the bead work and the lace reminds me of some 1920s dresses) and it’s just stunning! It attracts attention without being over the top.

Lily Collins in Balmain

Lastly, Lily Collins in a graphic Balmain dress. I’m not a huge fan of the way it is at the neck. I think it could have had a better neckline but that’s not what I really want to talk about here. I think she picked the right dress color for the color of hair she has right now which is red. The dress and really pops against her skin tone but her hair kind of balances it out. I like that she went for a bold graphic print which is really hot right now and she’s a young girl at a prime age to show off those legs! I like seeing younger actresses in mini dresses more so than longer dresses because it seems more youthful to me. Funny enough I was inspired to write this blog post because of Lily; my friend happens to be her personal assistant and she kept telling me on the phone tonight to look up the dresses that Lily wore to some of the TIFF parties. I didn’t see much of the other dresses online but I definitely liked this the best.

Interview: Richard Chai, Fashion Designer (American)

I found this quote from the New York Magazine’s blog, the September 6th, 2012’s post, Dress Code| Richard Chai Love. Richard Chai explains his process work for his Spring 2013 collection, how he already knew what kind of materials he wanted to use even before he started sketching his designs. And how when you create a muslin sample, sometimes it will not look the same at the end due to the nature of different fabrics. And this is true, this is a common challenge that most fashion designers face when creating garments. You cannot just become a fashion designer one day. You need to have good understanding of the nature of different fabrics, how they react on it’s own, how they act when they are scrunched up, or pleated and so on.

Chai began sketching his spring 2013 looks this past March. “It starts with a sketch, but I kind of already know what materials I’m going to be working with even before that,” he said, referring to the dress’s silk georgette, cotton nylon ribbon, and silk polyester (for the printed parts). “In the beginning you have to imagine what your vision will look like through a muslin fabric. But when it is translated to silk, a lot of volume goes away, so you have to refit and try again.” For spring, it’s all about a sporty, sexy girl, hence the dress’s racer back, sports bra top and tennis-skirt-like pleats. The thigh-high length proved to be the biggest battle for Chai: “In the early fittings of the dress I kept telling my team, ‘It’s too short, maybe we need it just an inch longer.’ But finally, I bit the bullet and went supershort.” Four fittings down and one more to go. As Chai explained, “The length might become a bit shorter, still.”

Snakadaktal - Dance Bear (Ta-ku Remix)

Above: found photo on tumblr
Below: sass & bide jacket and pants

"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."- Constantin Brancusi, Sculptor (Romanian)

"Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."
- Constantin Brancusi, Sculptor (Romanian)