Buyi “Young Artists” Debut

December 31, 2014

    “With your own hands, help your family build a house in three years, learn to be financially independent in three years, and build up your own career and family in another three years.” On October 15th, Guizhou Forerunner College Minority Culture Heritage Center’s students told the provincial governor Kezhi Zhao who was visiting GFC campus about their little “Three Three-Year Plans.”

 

    On March 7th in 2015, 18 “Young Artists” of Buyi ethnic minority from GFC will go to Tangrenfang Co. in Beijing for their internship, making their first step in the “Three Three-Year Plan.” They will spend a year and half working on embroidery, silk door making, batik art and other forms of handicraft internship. These “Young artists” will earn between 2000 to 4000 RMB a month while their loding and food will be provided by the company.

 

    Embroidery and Liquidambar Batik are traditional Huishui Buyi handicraft. Because of recent development and popularity of migrational work, it was on the brink of extinction. Now, these “young artists” can independently finish silk dolls, embroidery pieces, batik art as well as learned how to combine elements, create new designs and form their own style.

 

    On December 29th, the students exhibited their work on campus as part of their graduation present to home school. This exhibition takes “Remembrance” as its theme. There were embroidery, batik, silk doll, 3D models, hand-made flowers, sketches, paintings and folk drawings, etc. These “young artists” used GFC logo and Minority Culture Center logo combined with their own creative design to show their gratitude to the school, their teachers.

 

    Traditional embroidery and batik art are classes, elegant, and full of ethnic uniqueness. In recent years, because of the growing market economy, young people from rural areas work in other provinces as migrational workers and production technique problems, the living space of traditional craftwork is getting smaller and smaller and it was on the brink of disappearance. In September 2011, Guizhou Forerunner College was opened in Huishui, to effectively safeguard, develop and inherit these excellent techniques; GFC and Beijing Tangrenfang Co. co-established the Minority Culture Heritage Center and created the Tourist Handicraft Design and Production Major. The Center recruits local poor femle students from Huishui and Hezhang counties, train them in embroidery, batik art with famous local craftsman. All of the students receive full scholarship and some even receives monthly stipend.

   

   

 

    A Batik Art piece with the Minority Culture Center logo in the center, Axiao Li, the designer of this art piece wrote: “Upon leaving, I sincerely thank my home school, thank every teacher here. You made my life here full of joy and smiles, and you taught me what is friendship……However, all these will be gone, leaving me with endless longing and sorrow……But it allows me to run to the next phase of my life, find my own direction, set everything back to zero and start anew.”

 

A batik piece with GFC Logo and Minority Culture Center logo on each side.


   

    Liquidanbar Batik art is a style employed by Huishui County Yashui District Buyi minority groups. They use natural materials to create these splendid work, it has a history of 200 years. The technique uses house-made cloth, using extracted  indigo dye from plants with a combination of maple tree sap and cow oil as anti-dye agent. The designs were created using brush pen on cloth, then the piece is put into indigo dye, after dyeing, drying, dyeing again for a week, it’s finally pulled out and boiled to get rid of the anti-dye agent. From drawing, dyeing to finishing, a single piece takes more than 10 days, the simple blue background and white patterns outlines the pure patterns, somewhat reminiscent of Han style animal figures but with more ethnic minority feel. It is called a “living artistic artifact”, “porcelain on cloth”. It’s beauty and uniqueness makes batik art work worthy of appreciation and collection. It was recognized by the national Cutlrual Bureau as one of China’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage.”

    枫香染作品。枫香染是惠水县雅水片区布依族人民充分利用自然资源创造出来的一种民族民间印染工艺,可追溯至清朝咸丰年间,距今已有200多年的历史。枫香染原材料用自织的土布,染料是自栽的篮靛发酵过滤提取,防染剂由枫香油和牛油混合而成,用毛笔在土布上脱稿描绘,然后浸入染缸再取出经水煮脱脂。从描画、浸染、脱脂到成品,一件枫香染作品需要十多天才能完成,它清雅的蓝底白花,朴素的纹理穿插,楚汉风格的动物造型栩栩如生散发着浓郁的民族气息。被誉为“布依族不需出土的文物”、“画在布上的青花瓷”,具有很高的观赏、收藏价值,2008年被文化部命名为“国家级非物质文化遗产”。

 

An Ipad bag made with interlocking embroidery technique.

 

“Peking Opera Face Masks”

 

Handmade Flowers

 

 

The Gallery

 

Student Creative Design: “Hedgehog”

 

    Mr. Yang from Minority Culture Center explains student designs to Mr. Zhuang, Dean of Hotel Management School. These works were made from recycled materials by the students, it aimed to help bring out the creativity of the students.

 

Silk Doll

 

    Awards were also given out by CPC secretary Maonan Chen, Head of Student Affairs Wulin Rao, and Directorof Minority Culture Center Yan Tang.

 

   

    CPC Secretary Maonan Chen commented, Minority Culture Center is small but unique, it has educated manyout standing students and brought our school much fame and honor. He wishes the students will continue on their paths and look to the future and create their own career and life.

 

    Madame Rao said, “You need to realize your ‘Three Three-Years’, rely on your own hands, build your familyahouse, be financially independent and create your own family and career.”

 

    Minority Culture Heritage Center Dirctor,  Ms. Tang said, “ I am very satisfied with our students, I hope youwill continue your excellence when you go on your internship at the company.” The Minority Culture Center is in close cooperation with Tangrenfang Co. Ms. Tang is its owner, the company specializes on ethnic cultural craftwork research, and has revived many disappearing folk craftwork techniques, and make them new and profitable in the modern society through creativity and innovation. All the students from Minority Culture Center will intern at Tangrenfang Co., the highest internship salary reaches 4000 RMB a month.