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Jiwoon Pak:
Jiwoon Pak

See Instagram photos and videos from HEDVIG (@hedvig_jenning):
Photography by Hedvig Jenning

"Floating World" Xin Xie for ELLE China September 2015:
Xie Xie for Elle China

VAUX VINTAGE - Lena C Emery - Interview Germany:
Photography by Lena C. Emery

Boutique femme Lemaire.fr - Lemaire online shop:
Boutique femme Lemaire.fr


Hermès Resort 2017 Collection Photos - Vogue:
Hermes Resort2017 collection

Slikovni rezultat za reformation callado dress
Callado dress + Reformation

Wolfgang Tillmans: Gillian Haratani purple No.1 1996

Photography by Giulia Gasp

Défilé Fendi Printemps-été 2016:
Fendi spring 2016 ready-to-wear

Details from Vivetta Spring 2017. Milan Fashion Week.:
Vivetta Springg

Sonia Rykiel fall 2014

photography by Nick Hudson

Orange Farmhouse:

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There's something fable-like in all off the work of Seoul based illustrator Jiwoon Pak. In her paintings, there's usually someone holding a small animal or a butterfly or hugging flowers. Always something nature related. So delicate, soft silky colors and heavenly scent of nature of flowers at the time of day most closely related to dreams and imagery at dawn. As the painting above 'dawning', with its surreal quality, conveys the beauty of the early morning light and translucent shadows in that liminal space of neither night nor a day yet. Dawning could be a metaphor for awakening. As night and dawn are metaphors for life and death, or death and rebirth. "All living beings in it (nature) grow and then die and disappear under severe survival law," said the artist in an interview. A contradiction of beauty and temporality, like human life. Like flowers the symbols of human life in all cultures since ancient times as representations of its beauty and its evanescence and of course its fragility.
How interesting it is that Aztecs called their poet-singers – flowerspeakers. Here from a poem by By Nezahualcoyotl: "Flowers are our only garments/ only songs make our pain subside/(…)Perhaps my friends will be lost/ my companions will vanish/ when I lie down in that place(…)/ in the place of song and of Life Giver/ Does no one know where we are going?/ Do we go to God’s home or,/ do we live only here on earth?/ Let your hearts know/ oh princes, oh eagles and jaguars/ that we will not be friends forever/ only for a moment here, then we go/ to Life Giver’s home." I guess some things like profound questioning, didn't change since the ancient days. And things like the duality of life and death, and light and darkness are eternal.

Also, her (Jiwoon Pak) work is digital, which I couldn't tell at a first glance. And so subtly done it bears ambience of serenity, which reminds of simple pleasures in life which bring me back to Aztec poetry (that I'm more than glad I've stumbled upon, just recently) here:  "I drink cocoa:
with it I am glad -Aya!-
my heart takes pleasure, my heart is happy. "

Now, how utterly lovely is that?!

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 "I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it 
 suspends in the air. It moves."  ―Jean Paul Sartre

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