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.
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.
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.
The end result of her work looked beautiful. I admired the large sheet of paper cutting that lined her table.
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.
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.
While they were cutting, my husband and I listened to the music that was playing and browsed a little among the available stalls.
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.
What have you been grateful for this week?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
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