Art & Design

JAEYOONMIN is an multidisciplinary Art & Design studio, presenting nature-inspired art, hand-crafted lighting, and window-wall textile panels by JAE SCHALEKAMP.

 

JAE THE ARTIST

Jae Schalekamp was born and raised in South Korea.  As a teen, immersed in learning drawing and painting, she pictured her adult self being an artist, living in a humble cottage that stood in an open field at the foot of rolling hills.  After obtaining a BFA from Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea, she came to the US in 1993 to pursue broader experience in art and culture.  She studied studio art at Mason Gross School of Art (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ) and textile surface design at F.I.T (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY).

Jae's life had flown its natural course, becoming a wife, a mother, a textile designer, and a decorative painter, until she decided to redirect the flow to creating her own art, the first love of her childhood.  After 12 years of working in the textile design field, she opened a light-filled art studio in the Warehouse District of Albany, NY in 2015.

Jae is inspired by nature that portrays a story of its own.  Her work quietly renders immediate surroundings of nature:  her favorite plants, and rocks that are conceptually situated to redirect flow, or basic geometric shapes evolving into natural organic forms.  Her love of natural materials is harmonized with labor of handwork that delivers warmth and timelessness.

 

JAE THE DESIGNER

Design is not only about style and function, but also a manifestation of oneself.  Jae designed fabrics for Gretchen Bellinger, a high-end textile firm, and worked with renowned interior designers and architects from around the world for developing custom fabrics for special projects.  While she got to handle the most fine and exclusive fabrics available in the home furnishing market, she noticed her attraction for earthy textures and colors.  Beautiful natural material is the inspiration for her design, and their natural character make up the essential element of her design.

Participating in the Vanguard Showhouse – an annual event that supports the Albany Symphony Orchestra – she had opportunities to design interior spaces and to integrate her decorative paintings and artworks.  Separating design from art seems arduous for her.  Though their purposes may be different, her approach and process for art and design are very similar:  finding characteristics of an object and placing it where their presence is most natural and beautiful.

Jae has provided wall murals, commissioned artworks, custom lightings, and textiles for commercial and residential clients in the New York Capital Region.  The first consultation is free, and an appointment can be setup by email inquiry at jae@jaeyoonmin.com.