Tuesday, September 10, 2013
China Part II arts and crafts
traditional Chinese clothing
Let's explore more of China today!
the Summer Palace, Beijing, China
courtesy Dover Publications
Ms. China Ji Dan Xu, Miss Universe, 2012
My 'first' post on the country of China was on
Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
It was a quick overview, with a province map,
a focus on regional foods
and a bit about traditional tea ceremonies, etc.
Today, let's touch on the many differing arts
that the Chinese people are famous for.
vintage song sheet cover, circa 1920
courtesy Indiana Music Libraries
Chinese folk arts are divided into styles:
Each one has its' own local 'flavor' and ethnic style!
map of China
1920's vintage Chinese embroidery
vintage ox bone brooch carving from the 1940's
Let's peek at an art that most of us will be familiar with:
This is a Chinese calligraphy set,
or a sumi set.
Chinese calligraphy is widely practiced and respected in the Chinese cultural circle, which includes China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Chinese calligraphy and ink and wash painting are closely related,
as they use similar tools and techniques.
Calligraphy has led to many other forms of art,
such as seal carving, paperweights and inkstones.
Chinese calligraphy word for 'Peace'
Just as there are different 'hand writing' styles, so does calligraphy reflect the writer.
Chinese calligraphy 'Peace"
Here are some ink and brush type paintings:
orange peonies on branch by Mr. Ou Yang
Chinese brush painting tools
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuing
artistic traditions in the world!
kittens, lilacs and a bug
The calligraphy means 'beauty'.
Wisteria on rice paper
silk painting on a traditional fan
time for me to close for today...
Mao Nationality Day, traditional clothing
2/01/2012, Lonli County, Guizhou Province, China
I still have more on Chinese Folk Arts,
paper cutting arts
vintage song sheet art
early 20th century silk embroidered handkerchief
...and I"m planning on devoting one blog to the
China is such a beautiful and fascinating country
so rich in history.
'til next time!
shadow box, found on etsy
and on pinterest: kkloberdans
original Collage Art Doll by inkspired
using all recycled junk mail and magazine art