Thursday, 29 May 2008

The Long March paper cutting project

Several years ago I saw an installation of paper cutting from the county of Yanchuan in Shaanxi province. It involved a group of Chinese artists from the Long March Project working with local people on a paper cutting project. The variety of images produced was stunning. However, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw that 4,000 local paper cutters were involved! After years of searching the web I’ve found maybe 20 artists working in this medium and they’re of all nationalities. But to have 4,000 (predominantly female) paper cutting artists in one Chinese county is amazing. Then I discovered that in this part of China paper cutting is a very important skill for women to have as it demonstrates artistry, patience, creativity etc. All attributes that make finding a good husband all the more easier. Check
out these two links for more information Link 1 Link 2

More recently the Long March Project artists have been working with educators and schools to come up with a paper cutting curriculum for schools in the area. The Long March artists see this as a way to search for possibilities through which folk culture and art can effectively express and continue Chinese traditions. Take a look at these students’ hard at work or click here for more info


Cindy said...

Yes! I knew there was a reason why I was developing this papercutting hobby. A good husband should be right around the corner!

Tim Budden said...

Funnily enough it seems the Chinese professors involved are primarily male, but the artists are all female.

I don't know what I should be expecting as a white paper cutting male in a Chinese society!

Cindy said...

You're the Chinese version of a male nurse (not that being a male nurse is a bad thing).

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