Graduating from the RSN’s Future Tutors programme with distinction in 2019, Jung Byun had previously graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Clothing and Textiles in 1993 and spent several years working as a fashion trend forecaster, fashion reporter and organic clothing trader.
Being a passionate art lover and quilter, Jung decided to develop her interests further and embark on a second career as a teacher of hand embroidery. Throughout her time at the RSN, she had a chance to collaborate with high-profile artists such as the renowned Neo Pop artist, Philip Colbert.
Her hand embroidery pieces have been exhibited at the RSN’s exhibitions and at the Knitting & Stitching shows. Her appliqué piece of Hampton Court Palace was published in Made in Britain magazine and her silk shading animal piece “Happy” was featured in Korean airline inflight magazine, MORNING CALM. In November 2019 she received the prestigious Worshipful Company of Broderers Award from Hand & Lock’s annual international hand embroidery competition for her peacock hand mirror.
Jung received a grant from the British Korean Society in 2020 for her research into Korean embroidery and contribution to a cultural exchange between the two countries. From April 2021, Jung’s peacock mirror (2019) and coronation goldwork piece is being exhibited in the Aga Khan Centre’s Gallery as a part of the ‘Making Paradise’ exhibition.