We have lived in national culture that people wish for fortune. Especially, the hope for the fortune has been formed as props in various ways. As a part of the ‘Fortune project’ which reinterpret the objects that were the symbol of good fortune, we present the ‘Fortune badge’. The ‘Fortune badge’ is a metal pin badge with using folk painting as a motive. Attach the ‘Fortune badge’ to fabric bag or pouch as a shining point!
‘Magpies and Tigers’ is a painting that was hung up on the gate at the beginning of each year to ward off misfortune and to wish for good fortune.
Magpy implies that good things might happen or valuable guest might come. Tiger symbolizes the expell of bad spirits. Pine tree is always green and spirit is high so that it has been a symbol of fidelity and strong will from old times.
2. The ten symbols of longevity [십장생도十長生圖]
‘The ten symbols of longevity’ is a peculiar Korean painting that includes ten symbols of eternal youth and filled with mind praying for health, long life and utopia.
The origin of ‘The ten symbols of longevity’ dates back to the end of the Goryeo Dynasty. It is a symbol of over ten objects which has been believed to the guardians of long life. The ‘Fortune badge’ is composed of the sun, mountain, cloud, water and the crane.
3. Scholar’s accoutrements [책거리冊巨里]
‘Scholar’s accoutrements’ is a representation of a still-life painting from the Chosun dynasty that shows the Korean culture’s affection towards books.
Reflecting the taste of scholars, the books represent desires of education, fertility, longevity and successful career.
By using ‘Yak-ki coloring method’ lines on metal are expressed delicately. ‘Yak-ki coloring method’ is a way of coloring by making unevenness on the metal and injecting colors between cracks.
There is a main pin that fixes on to fabric and a supportive pin that prevents the badge from spinning on the back of the badge. Pins are covered with a protective cap which prevents the badge from falling out.
The ‘Fortune badge’ is presented as being fixed on a paper card.
There are writings of the meaning of each badge on the back of the card.