Grateful for Festivals: China Now!

Living in Toronto, we have the opportunity to attend festivals over the weekend. I have often been grateful for these as they give us the opportunity to take the children out for a relatively inexpensive day. Often the shows are free and the food on offer does not cost too much. In addition to the festivals being a cheap form of entertainment, they also expose us to new cultures and skills.

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Woman cutting paper. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The most recent festival we attended was the China Now! festival. At this festival we had the opportunity to see artisans who were visiting from China. What I did not expect to see was an old woman cutting paper. She sat quietly next to her table moving her scissors gently through the paper she held in her hand.

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Hands of paper cutter. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

At times she would sit with her hands in her lap in order to rest them and look at the people who were passing by. Looking at the paper on her table, I realised that she was cutting more than one sheet of paper at a time. I then understood how her hands could ache with effort.

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Paper cuttings. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The end result of her work looked beautiful. I admired the  large sheet of paper cutting that lined her table.

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Collage of paper cutting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

On sale at this artisan’s table were some paper cuttings that had been block mounted: cuttings that would hang up nicely on the wall in someone’s home, or even form part of a card.

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Block mounted paper cutting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I am grateful that the children get an opportunity to try out something that is linked to what we are experiencing at the Harbourfront festivals.  At this particular festival, they had the opportunity to do a little paper cutting of their own.

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Trying out some paper cutting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

While they were cutting, my husband and I listened to the music that was playing and browsed a little among the available stalls.

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My daughters’ paper cutting. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Afterwards my girls proudly brought home the horses that they had cut out of paper. As always after a day spent at a festival, we came home happy that we had gone out a little and spent some time seeing something new.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week?

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44 thoughts on “Grateful for Festivals: China Now!

  1. Paper cutting intrigues me. It seems harder than drawing or painting. I’d say I’m most grateful for a good summer and opportunities to meet up with friends I haven’t seen for months and for a chance to do a lot of writing.


  2. Ah- you’ve used that effect here too. I like it very much. 🙂 How amazingly difficult and fiddly that cutting out looks! The designs are lovely, Colline. Thanks for sharing.


  3. It’s lovely to find that our kids are grateful for the simple things in life Colline. Crafts- I love them! I have entered the challenge today, WordPress was down for a while for sky internet customers today, so I hope you can see my post. 🙂


  4. I’ve looked at arts last weekend as well. But these one is awesome. The very first finished product you showed really astounded and impressed me! I love the different patterns you can decipher in it. I see flowers, people, fish, and other animals. Really awesome!


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