Date: March 16, 2012

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Location: Chin Ying Asian Library

At Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Chinese Paper Cutting, also known as Jianzhi (剪纸) in Chinese, is a unique folk art form and has a long history since the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 220 A.D.). Originally, it was only popular among the nobility since paper was highly precious at that time. Later, the art spread among the ordinary people and became a part of everyday life of Chinese.

Usually, paper cuttings are used in Chinese Spring Festivals. People like to put them at the entrance gates in the hope of bringing good luck for the family, or stick them to windows as decorations.

Chinese New Year began on January 19th, and it is the year of the Dragon. We have invited Mrs. Esther Cheng (鄭繼芳), one of the local paper cutting artists, and several other artists – Tang Hua, Qi Hong, Hsin Ping, Judy Lin, Mary Lin, and Joyce Wells –to come to the library for a demonstration of the art.

Mrs. Cheng began practicing paper cutting while she was a college student in Taiwan more than 20 years ago. She was a teacher for the paper cutting classes organized by Yeh Ying Chi International Benevolent Foundation (葉穎基國際慈善基金會) in Flushing in recent years. At this demonstration, you will learn some basic and advanced paper cutting skills and have the opportunity to practice these skills as well.

Please bring your own scissors if you can.

Everyone is welcome!  If you would like to attend the workshop, please contact: Tian Zhang via  phone (718) 990-5082  or email: zhangt@stjohns.edu

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