– an illustrated talk by Madison Plantier on Saturday 20 March 2021 2pm – 4.00pm.
Uncover a world of vibrant colour and delicate embroidery as we delve back into the history behind women’s clothing in China.
Starting from the Han Dynasty, we’ll be tracking the evolution of Chinese women’s fashion as it became much more complex and, as was the case during the Tang Dynasty, increasingly controversial! Along the way, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the Chinese painters who studied female figures and who have served as an invaluable asset to historians in documenting Chinese women’s fashion during imperial times.
From the bawdy bared flesh of the Tang right through to the conservative dress of the Ming, let’s transport ourselves back to a time of long flowing robes and luxurious silks.
Cards by Colleen on her own home-made paper: water buffalo inspired by Qi Baishi, and origami valentine hearts. Water buffalo enjoying the cool water by Liz M.
Expressive water buffalo from new member Anthony:
New Year wish from teacher Maggie, and home-made envelopes from Zara:
Chris G’s card features Lao Tzu riding his ox backwards, plus amazing origami by herChinese daughter-in-law.
Cards from Hakima and Pat J. Catherine W decorated her pot-plant with Chinese knots and tassels.
Tina made some New Year cards for her grandchildren. Firstly folded an origami ox ‘red envelope – 紅包’, (using you tube video). Put couplets (the calligraphy was written on cut up, used red envelope) in the pocket of the ox, with double sided tape on the back. The idea is for the recipient to ‘hang’ them either side of the door. The house was made from magazine cuttings! 福, fu, fortune, is traditionally written upside-down.
Saturday 23 January 2021 2pm – 3.00pm: an illustrated talk on Life in the Village and Countryside by Madison Plantier.
The historic region of Huizhou, which covered southern Anhui province and northern Jiangxi province, was once renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and unique local culture. Its sweeping vistas and ancient villages inspired countless Chinese brush painters throughout the years, yet nowadays its tourist traffic has plummeted and it represents one of the most neglected historical areas in China. Join us as we delve into the fascinating history behind this region and discover the places that played muse to some of China’s greatest artists. Along the way, you’ll be treated to plenty of gorgeous photos and videos of life in Huizhou today.
Let us transport you on a virtual journey through one of the most picturesque places in China!
Pat says apologies to Qi Baishi, but this festive rat needed a mince pie and a glass of sherry, after a difficult year for rats!
Marion has had an outburst of origami, inspired by the MEAA online course:
Peng says “I happen to have done a few rat studies that might make some silly Christmas stories that make me laugh”:
1, Ms rat skips healthy sprouts and goes straight to the mince pies.
2, She can’t decide on whether she should have the pigs in a blanket first or a glass of wine, maybe she is already drunk.
3, ‘Control me?!, you need to tidy your kitchen first!’ The owner of the house is having some morning lie-ins after days of celebrating and drinking.
See a linked version of this amazing painting by Chinese Artists, Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An, oil on canvas, 2006. Hover your cursor to identify the person, and click them to get more information. Can you spot Li Bai and other Chinese historical figures?
There are many lectures and webinars in Chinese art & culture. here are some recommendations from members.
ZT: I signed up for this live talk from US China Institute and very much worth watching on the Qianlong Emperor. The events are middle of the night our time but they record and send an email later so have just watched this one. The expert speakers knew their stuff and part of the restoration team at the Forbidden Palace. This link is the 1st talk in the series of 3 on the architecture of the Forbidden City.
CK: Have just finished a book about China and especially Yunnan. It is “The Five Foot Road” by Angus McDonald, who is an Australian who decided to follow in the footsteps of another traveller G.E.Morrison who travelled there 100 years previously.
You can never have too much Hokusai. Thanks to CBPS members Jane & Zara for pointing out that the British Museum has his Great Picture Book of Everything (search BM Collection for Hokusai+everything to see all the drawings).
This collection of line drawings includes this flamboyant peacock and phoenix.
Zara: “Certainly some interesting ones to have a go at to practice my line ink drawing. Not sure he had ever seen a real elephant!”