My Watson Fellowship
When you have a year of freedom, what would you do?
My Watson Fellowship
A year of colorful adventure
In the summer of 2013, I decided of a lifetime: to apply for Watson Fellowship. Watson fellowship is a fellowship that awards graduating seniors a year of independent research outside of the United States. What would you do if you have a one-year grant that supports all of your traveling and expenses, while the only condition is to remain outside of the U.S. and your home country? I thought of something artsy.
I didn't expect myself to be an artist when I was young. I was never good with drawing throughout my childhood. Although I love crafting and reading comics, becoming an artist wasn't an option for me. Freshman year in college, I didn't get into Lit 101 as a major English student (lucky me), but instead, a photography course. I head the pleasure of working in the darkroom (mostly by myself), and spending hours on a single photo. Time flies in that dark room. One night I was making some prints before I realize, it was morning again. My roommate left countless phone calls and messages, worried about my safety. It was at that moment when I realized that I had a thing for art.
With this realization, I have been true to my passion for art ever since. Upon graduation, I was sure that creating art is all I want to do, so I applied to the Watson fellowship and fortunately got it. I conducted a one-year independent study on Natural Dye Production around the Globe. I choose this topic because natural dye indicates a combination of traditional crafting and art, also shows an opening for culture and tech innovations. My research agenda was also guided by the countries that I can visit.
The trip was amazing in many ways. I had valuable experience of being a traveling artist, artist in residency, and most proudly, a traditional art lover. I have done various projects in this trip, ranging from making my dye to experimenting oil-based ink for mezzotint.
Here's a list of countries that I have visited, and selected projects that I did in these countries:
Best Decision Ever
Japan is one of the most impressive countries regarding traditional art preservation. I have the luxury of playing with various natural dye kit and going to workshops for related crafts.
South Korea is interesting in terms of its innovations in art. I did various illustrations in Korea:
I did an artist residency in Venice Italy. Also enjoyed Milan, Florence, and Rome.