* Date : 2017-09-28
4 Angles Ep.188
Old Future – Smilthy
Smithies produce farming tools, such as hoes, sickles, and pickaxes. They were essential in Korea up until the 1970's when the country was an agricultural society, but they gradually disappeared as inexpensive mass-produced tools became available. Now there are only a few smithies left in Seoul, and Smith Brothers, run by Blacksmith Ryu Sang-joon, is one of those rarities. Armed with half a century of experience under his belt, he breathes new life into cast iron to create one and only, handmade products. Take a glimpse at the history and legacy of Smith Brothers.
A Day at Flowing Memories Barbershop
A barbershop is a place for men to groom themselves. It is also a place for the locals to gather and enjoy each other's company. Nowadays, barbershops are being replaced by modern salons, but there are still some left, including Flowing Memories Barbershop by Kim Young-oh. One describes a barber as an artist who creates art using 90,000 strands of hair. With that pride, Kim Young-oh has been grooming his customers for his whole life and waits for tomorrow in anticipation of meeting his customers.
Gong's Bookstore is one of the first second-hand bookshops in Korea, established in 1972 by Gong Jin-seok. The store has a large collection of second-hand books, including the first editions of classic books and out-of-print books. Sadly, Gong passed away in 1990, but his family has been maintaining his legacy over the last 27 years. What's a day of this old second-hand bookshop like?
Artist Joung Young-ju
Artist Joung Young-ju is gaining international recognition with her paintings of hillside villages that are disappearing these days due to rapid urban development. Her pieces are known for their warm-hearted sentiments, which are created by the material used – hanji, Korean traditional handmade paper. The artist adheres crumpled pieces of hanji to a canvas to depict roofs, gates and stairs and then paints in layers to create depth in the color. The hillside villages in Joung Young-ju's pieces are old, humble, yet full of warmth and love. Meet artist Joung Young-ju and her warm artistry.