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Bella Kim

County: Pierce County




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Bella Kim studied Fiber Art and Design in Korea, actively participated with a fiber artist group and the Korean Craft Council, while also teaching at colleges. After relocating to the United States, she faced the challenge of adapting to a new language and culture while working as a painter at an antique repair store and creating small accessories. Throughout this journey, she continued to pursue her artistic passion and immersed herself in the new art environment. Ultimately, her exploration of diverse cultures and materials led her to discover her unique artistic interest, inspired by the sewing and resourceful practices of the women in her family during her childhood. After settling in Gig Harbor in 2008, she became a member of the Korean American Artist Association of Washington (KAAW), finding a supportive community to share her artistic journey. Her artwork was featured in juried and invitational exhibitions at various galleries in Washington state. Also, her artworks were selected at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Whatcom Art Museum, and Northwest Quilt and Fiber Art Museum. Her work became part of the Burke Museum’s Korean collection. Currently, she is an active member of KAAW, NWDC (Northwest Designer Craftartists) and BAC (Bainbridge Island Arts & Crafts).

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