Video featuring Chong & Judi Lim of Island Designs

Meet Chong & Judi Lim —

“Chong Lim is a native of Seoul, Korea who received a BFA in painting and printmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His representational designs are inspired by the beauty of the flora and fauna in Maine–some say—with a Far Eastern aspect. Judi is one of those Massachusetts people who always wanted to live in Maine. They began their business, Island Designs, on Great Cranberry Island, later moving to Bar Harbor, then to Scarborough. Working together in their studio, Chong and Judi make embossed paper and copper pieces. Chong hand chisels his designs into metal “dies” which Judi attaches to their press to produce raised images on paper and copper. Color is added to the paper using watercolor paint, brush pens, colored pencils, pastels and roll leaf. The copper is colored by flame painting and patina.” – Chong & Judi

Chong and Judi Lim are MCA Partner Guild Level Members and will be exhibiting this fall at the Guild Fine Craft Show: Brunswick, located inside Fort Andross Mill Complex on October 22 + 23. They’ve also been accepted into the Portland Fine Craft Show on August 27, a one day event attracting 100+ craft artists from the greater northeast, both of which are now run by Shop Maine Craft.

In 2022, you can also find Island Designs at the following craft shows:
-League of New Hampshire Summer Fair at Sunapee, Aug 6-14
-The Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival in Wells, ME, Sept 10 + 11
-The Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, ME, Sept 23-25
-Stowe Fall Foliage Festival in Stowe, VT, Oct 7-9
-Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen Home for the Holidays Show in Scarborough, ME, Nov 25 + 26
-The Foundry Show in Pawtucket, RI, Dec 1-4 & 9-11

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Why a video?

Maine Craft Content subjects can choose between a professional video, suite of photos or to be featured on a podcast. Click here to learn more and view completed projects.

“We chose the video format because we are frequently asked by viewers, how we make the designs raise up and how the color is applied. We wanted to tell the story of the processes involved in creating embossed images on two materials. The video will be added to two digital picture frames: the first in our space in Island Artisans in Bar Harbor and the second to be included in our display at fine craft shows.” – Chong & Judi

Content Creator: Hero Media Network and Cove Design Works
Hero Media Network and Cove Design Works are the same talented team of digital and print creatives that you’ve come to know as Hero Media Arts. We’re dedicated to showing you in your best light. We practice a collaborative approach and with your input, get you where you want to be. Email to talk about your website design and build, e-commerce setup, video production, and graphic design services.

“We are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to have a professionally produced video. Michelle and John of Hero Media Arts were such a pleasure to work with. They truly wanted to help us accomplish our goals. The finished video has an interesting and artistic perspective that we could never have envisioned without their expertise.” – Chong & Judi

The Onion Foundation

The 2022 Maine Craft Content Project is generously funded by the Onion Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and individual donors. With that funding the Maine Crafts Association provided eight Maine craft artists with new online content to support their practices, tell their stories and grow their businesses.

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