I was born in Seoul, South Korea … in the not-so-distant past. 🙂 Since then, I’ve lived in 6 countries in the last 20+ years. I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, moved to California where I spent my youth in Los Angeles, to now finding myself in the most idyllic spot of Cambridge, U.K – surrounded by trees and a monkey puzzle from my little maker space.
If I’m not spending time in the kitchen, I enjoy sewing things for either myself or around the house. Growing up, I remember watching my parents cut stacks of fabric by hand in their small shop in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. The fabric will later be sewn and made into comfortable clothes for soon-to-be mothers to wear. I was inspired and they encouraged my learning from watching them work – magic became something you make.
And yet, my mom worked her magic in the kitchen by making wholesome meals for breakfast and dinner when we had “a lot of growing up to do.” Bibimbap one day, bulgogi with banchan (Korean side dishes) the next and from our travels abroad, milanesa and ensalada for breakfast before heading off to the 5th grade! She later on told me that pre-batching sauces is the secret to having wholesome meals – in quality and time.
Since leaving the nest many years ago, I kept a healthy flow of hobbies that will soon become my survival skills as a cure-all to homesickness – in baking, cooking and sewing.
1. Japan, where we found inspiration amongst the beautiful temples and well-balanced cuisine of Tokyo and Kyoto.
2. Belgium, where I developed a taste for good chocolate, beer and an appreciation for textiles.
3. England, where I found peace in making everything from scratch and doing my best to grow a green thumb.
4. Korea, where I rediscovered my roots and honed on my skills in pickling / fermentation / temple cuisine.
* As a result of all the moving, I pack like I play Tetris.
* I’ve graduated at Le Cordon Bleu, London in the interest of baking – I can bake a proper Pâte Feuilletée, if my oven allows.
* I make gochujang (fermented Korean red chili paste) and Kimchi (fermented pickled cabbage). I’m my mom’s daughter.
* There’s no better place for beer, chocolate and fries than in Belgium- Smakelijk!
* Breakfast is the single best meal of the day. Dinner is best shared with family and friends!
After my trial year exploring with take-away meals from my kitchen window on Friday evening where I made everything from scratch to explore (check out my Food & Bake section for a brief taster), I’ve decided to put that to rest for the safety of my neighborhood.
Now that I’m on my own and going full-time as a maker and homebody, I’m exploring other means to satisfy my appetite in fashion and food, both an inspiration to my life and well-being.
Homemade sauces made in small batches, from my kitchen to yours.
Kyums – 2 varieties of Korean sauces, from mother-to-daughter.
Limited Edition chocolates – I took some time off after graduation from Le Cordon Bleu to learn chocolate techniques from a World Chocolate Master living in Korea. To keep my skills fresh, I make these by special request. Limited edition chocolate boxes are usually sold around Christmas.
Village Market, Lead Coordinator
On my spare time, I juggle my time coordinating events for the Village Market near my neighborhood in Cambridge. The market was started with the idea of inviting local makers and to simply bring fun activities with all proceeds going back to the community.
Fashion Technical Designer
I’ve gone back to work in the technical field in fashion, learning to draw patterns correctly from an expert and making CAD designs for clients in London.
Please contact me for more information or comment below.