Rolled Paper Art Jewelry - Youngjoo Lee

Youngjoo Lee is an art jeweler and metalsmith in South Korea, and also a lecturer at Konkuk and Baekseok Universities. I was drawn to her contemporary pieces via Instagram where she shares photos of in-progress and completed work.  Have a look at just some of the creative ways she turns these organically-shaped paper sculptures into wearable art as brooches, necklaces and earrings.

Rolled Paper Jewelry Components - Youngjoo Lee

The designs are a strikingly dramatic mix of rolled paper with metal accents and findings.

Rolled Paper Brooch - Youngjoo Lee
 Rolled Paper Earrings - Youngjoo Lee

Youngjoo begins with white paper and uses calligraphy ink to achieve intensely saturated colors.

Paper and Metal Necklace - Youngjoo Lee

Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in Seoul, and she has participated in group exhibits far and wide the past five years... Beijing and Paris, for example.
 Rolled Paper Necklace - Youngjoo Lee

Youngjoo's jewelry was included in SOFA Fair (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) in Chicago in 2016, which is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design.

Paper and Silver Earrings - Youngjoo Lee

While many of Youngjoo's creations are Valentine's Day red, she also often works with blue, white, and metallics too.

With Fallen Leaves - Paper Brooch by Youngjoo Lee
With Fallen Leaves Brooch

A recent post showed that she is beginning to feature pastel and silver brooches, just right for spring.

Rolled Paper Brooches - Youngjoo Lee

See Youngjoo Lee's newest jewelry via Instagram: @youngjooleee

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