Art


Fengyang’s traditional Pheonix paintings: Learning from a Master



Fengyang’s traditional Pheonix paintings: Learning from a Master

This June I had the chance to meet one of Fengyang’s best traditional Chinese phoenix painting masters. He showed me his work, and explained the most important aspects of phoenix paintings to me. I even got to try on my …

Spring in China: Top 10 Flowers in Anhui Bozhou (Photo Essay)



Spring in China: Top 10 Flowers in Anhui Bozhou (Photo Essay)

Spring is certainly my favorite time in China. The winter here in Bozhou is long, cold, and hits hard. There is no heating and temperature inside and outside are the same. So by the time March rolls around and you …

Chinese Cross-stitch 十字绣: It’s not just for old people, you know?



Chinese Cross-stitch 十字绣: It’s not just for old people, you know?

“Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is often executed on easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth. (Wikipedia.com)”

Cross stitch is one …

Cross-stitched shoe insoles 十字绣鞋垫: Make your shoes look better from the inside than from the outside



Cross-stitched shoe insoles 十字绣鞋垫: Make your shoes look better from the inside than from the outside

Because I am really into the cross-stitch art, last year my aunty (大姨) introduced me to another embroidery art which seems to be very popular in Niuji village where my in-laws live.

I have seen some Chinese insoles stitched with …

Chinese Folk Art: Wang Binghua, one of the last traditional Paper Cutting 剪纸 masters in China



Chinese Folk Art: Wang Binghua, one of the last traditional Paper Cutting 剪纸 masters in China

Who knew it just takes one scissor and some paper to create amazing art? I have seen a lot of Chinese paper cutting pieces. Sold in different shops to tourists, hung on windows and walls in small Chinese villages, printed …


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