CyberFair Project ID: 6223

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Embroidering the vitality of Taiwan – Needle Painting
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Neihu Vocational High School
    Taipei City, Taipei City, Taiwan

5 students, ages 16-17 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2002

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Mu-Hui Lai, Ms. Xin-Yan Guo, Ms. Xiu-Yun Zhang, Ms. Yi-Fang Hsieh

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Embroidering the beauty of Nei-Hu – Neihu Tao-Hua-Yuan. After consulting with the Needle Painting group in Nei-Hu Community College, we found that such art is not limited to only one place. Considering the time and the inconvenience of transportation, our research would only focus on Nei-Hu Community College and Xin-Yi Community College.

2. Summary of Our Project

Flitting-Needle Embroidery is originated from traditional Chinese embroidery, but it is different from general embroidery. Flitting-Needle Embroidery combines the skills of painting, and the embroidery style is unrestricted; moreover, it emphasize on the creativity, bringing various materials into embroidery, taking this art creation to another level. In our project we would like to present the beauty and innovation of Flitting-Needle Embroidery, making more people understand its charm and consider joining this work of art. By doing this, not only the techniques of our ancestors can be passed down, but also the innovation can be taken one step further with helps of new members.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

In the beginning we have a hard time finding a special and interesting topic for our project. Luckily, with the suggestion of Xin-Yan Guo – a teacher in Neihu Community College – we finally decided the topic. Since none of us have idea about this particular field, we simply don’t know where to start while searching for information. We only have a vague idea about our subject in the very beginning. After reading the book assigned by Wen-Xun Cai, a teacher of Flitting-Needle Embroidery, we slowly acquire the knowledge about this subject. The familiarity grows faster after we attended their class as auditors.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Flitting-Needle Embroidery, the Glory of Taiwan.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

This project can be combined with the art class, so the students can learn about embroidery and possibly develop their interest in it. Moreover, it can be a good choice for leisure activity to release the pressure of school works. Meanwhile, it may help students practice how to make good use of their creativity, giving new life to embroidery.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

I.Hardware: 1.1 Computer, laptop: Information searching, making website. 1.2 USB drive: Saving data, pictures, and related files. 1.3 Printer: Print out required data. 1.4 Phones and cell phones: Contact teachers and group member. 1.5 Digital Camera: Record the processes of website making; interview people; taking pictures. II Software: 2.1 Microsoft Word: Record website information 2.2 Microsoft Internet Explorer: Information searching 2.3 Notepad: Note down important things 2.4 Photoshop CS3: Website pictures editing 2.5 Photocap: Website pictures editing 2.6 Dreamweaver CS3: Making website 2.7 Fireworks CS3: Making the framework of website 2.8 Flash CS3: Making Flash animation

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Introduced by the teacher of Neihu Community College, we successfully interviewed the teachers in Neihu Community College and Xinyu Community College. Because we also attended the class as auditors, we also understood the ideas of the students – sometimes our ideas and questions can inspire them to make their works.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We chose needle painting as the topic of our website project, and we would like to focus on how to present the essence of painting by using needles and threads. The teachers and students in the Flitting-Needle Embroidery association create this needle painting called Neihu Taohuayuan, and it took a long time and many people’s efforts to embroider every beautiful spot in Neihu into this huge painting. After all, the purpose of making this painting is for non-native people to see the beauty of Neihu, such as the Yuanjue Stream and Miramar Ferris Wheel. By making this painting, the local residents of Neihu not only understand the techniques and essence of fiber art, but also gain knowledge of their homeland. It would be great if we can promote Flitting-Needle Embroidery to the whole world by helping them to understand and learn about this art which centers on creativity. Both the teachers and students of Flitting-Needle Embroidery association and the local residents of Neihu helped to make Neihu Taohuayuan. Through the process of cooperation, they not only learned how to make a needle painting, but also developed friendship with one another.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The director of computer center, Muhui Lai, helped us contact with the teachers of Flitting-Needle Embroider. He also gave constructive suggestions when we had field trips and worked on the project. Xinyan Guo, a teacher of Neihu Vocational High School, helped us come out with this special subject and organized the outline. Yueming Ren, a teacher who teaches Flitting-Needle Embroidery in Neihu Vocation High School, helped us do the interview and provided information via E-mail. Wenxun Cai, a teacher who teaches Flitting-Needle Embroidery in Taipei Xinyu junior high school, helped us do the interview and provide information via E-mail. Moreover, she gave us many innovative ideas. The master of Disarrayed-Needle Embroidery, Ms. Sixue Chen, agreed to be interviewed by us and shared information and her personal life experience with us.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

How does the painting presented to the audience is not determined by changeless rules and complicated embroider techniques, it is the thought of the creator that makes out the painting. We never know that an embroidery work can be a painting with gradient colors, bright/dark sides, color stacking or even using batting – all the elements that seems nothing to do with embroidery can all be found in Flitting-Needle Embroidery. If not looking carefully, you may regard it as a painting. It seems hard to complete such work in the first place, but even beginners in the class can complete their works perfectly. This shows us that nothing is impossible as long as we are willing to learn.


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