ARTIST INTERVIEW: Yunice Kang of Sanso
Artist: Yunice Kang
EPCF is enchanted with the botanic artistry of Yunice Kang and SANSO, a brand new addition to our offerings this spring.
SANSO is a plant design studio based in Frogtown, Los Angeles, opened in December 2017. It was created by Yunice Kang to inspire others to grow greenery and build environments that nurture and rejuvenate us.
The Frogtown studio serves as a retail shop and ceramic studio where a curated selection of rare plants come together with their planters and vases all handmade in their studio. SANSO cultivates community around plants by sharing information, collaboration, and experience.
Tell us about your current work and how that work has evolved since you first started your business?
Currently, we are working on creating a useful and knowledgeable how-to guide for plant owners, featuring beautiful stories of plants and the people behind them to share with our customers and followers. We are also putting together similar in-person experiences that will be carried out with events and workshops taking place in our studio.
We first started out curating and sourcing rare plants, designing and fabricating ceramic wares, and arranging them together to create living sculptures. Our work now has evolved to speaking directly with our customers who continuously share their plant experiences, interests and needs. We get to put all that live feedback into providing solutions for them. This list of to dos is abundant and keeps growing. We are aiming to tackle one task at a time and do it thoroughly.
How long have you been participating in the Echo Park Craft Fair?
This will be our first time participating at EPCF! I’m extremely excited to share some of our work with the thriving community that EPCF has brought together. Connecting with my fellow artists, makers, and business owners brings a lot of inspiration and motivation. Community is essential for personal learning and growing, but most importantly it keeps me happy.
The ethics of production are on our minds a lot recently – questions of sustainability, fair labor, location, and artistic integrity. How do these concepts come in to play in your craft and your business? What choices do you make that take into account these ideas?
Artistic integrity, as well as integrity in production and operation, are important concepts that we hold in our work each day. We make our ceramic pieces in our studio just behind the store. We hand pick and transport each of our plants to our shop. Our selection of rare plants come from collectors who grow them by seedlings or cuttings of their own collections they have kept sometimes for 30-40 years, often in a small scale greenhouse inside their own homes. We feed, clean, and dress all our plants everyday. We sell our own products in our store. Our space is filled with furniture we designed and built ourselves. Every part of what our visitors see and experience have been touched by our hands. I think that’s why everyone feels inspired when they walk into our space.
What impact do you hope your creative work will have on your community?
I hope to provide people with more tactile experiences that energize all the senses. Sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. I often meet people who are dissatisfied working in front of a computer throughout the day and envy spending time caring for plants. They crave working with their hands, connecting their minds with their bodies, interacting with other people as well as other living beings and exploring nature. I want to give more of these moments to each person we come in contact with.