We had the good fortune of connecting with Dain Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dain, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from South Korea, but I would also say I was brought up in several different countries throughout my life. My parents really made an effort to raise me as a strong individual and wanted me to explore things outside of their nest. So I often was sent alone to countries such as Canada without any family members or relatives for several years during elementary school to study English and learn about new cultures. At the time the decision seemed somewhat brutal, however, because of those adventures I was able to grow up into an adult and an individual that is not afraid to step into any new environment for a challenge. Because of above reasons, I was able to travel alone to US four years ago without any hesitation and was able to establish my own background and grow as an individual artist.

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My works are usually driven by the need to dissect and reinterpret on many different symbolisms that are widely perceived in the society. The senior work I created during my college year ‘Pelvic Heart’ explores on how the universal symbol ‘heart’ is perceived as a generic and feminine symbol among fashion and jewelry field, and also shows the struggle of combining it with another elements of nature to break through the gender norms of the symbol that are set in stone which prevents other directions of interpretation. The pieces in the collection are also multi functional and size free, to go with any body types in any different occasions for the wearer.

I love exploring into the fashion jewelry field that makes the wearer confident about their identity and in what they have chosen to wear. The idea of making a gender neutral and size free jewelry was not my original, but it did take me years to form the ideas and words to make its physical form.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA is one of the best towns if you are looking for a great food and drink for sure. Although my suggestions would be pretty biased towards Korean food- naturally. I absolutely love Korean street food such as K-dog and tteokbokki. This might sound weird but I definitely had my best fusion food seafood paella in one of the Korean restaurants in K town. I also love the hot pot if you are feeling for some wholesome food.

For places and things to explore, visiting Little Tokyo would be well worth time. Especially if you are into Japanese culture and food. I would also suggest checking out the Universal Studio. I still remember when I first stepped my foot into the magical world. If the trip is long enough to spare few days for a ride I would highly recommend.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my beloved parents. Especially my mother who is a fierce women that raised me to be who I am and always respected my decisions during the times of any hardships. There were many times in life where it had me wondered what could I have done without her and her support. I would also love to thank my professors during my years and Savannah College of Art and Design. Because of their dedication and the professionalism I was able to grow as an artist who cherishes the decisions I made in becoming a jewelry designer. To be honest this list could go on and on. I would hope to say these things more to the people in real life soon to show them how much I appreciate them.

Website: https://dainkimportfolio.com/

Instagram: @dainkim1026

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/da-in-kim/

Image Credits
Andrew Dixon Skye Brumley

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