CyberFair Project ID: 7088

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Silent Visual Feast - Sanxia Indigo Dye
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Yu Da High School of Commerce and Home Economics
    Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

11 students, ages 16~17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2009,2010,2011

Classes and Teachers: Wu Mei-huei,Lee Yi-jing,Chen Zhi-yuang,Chen Seng-feng,Chien Hai-ti, En-qi,Xuan-yi,Ling-xiu, Deng-qing, Yu-ting,Zong-xiang,Xuan-yu, Zi-qing,Xig-yin,Chun-wei,Yu-ting

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Sanxia is a place nestling under mountains and near rivers. It is not only one of the oldest streets in the northern Taiwan, but also one of few traditional streets with the integrity of historical value. In the past, the old street used to be the most bustling street at the Sanxia. The arcade of the old street is shaped with continuous arch. Such a 3-arch row floor is rich in the style of Baroque. The signs of stores are mostly engraved with the hometown names, store names and family names quite different from modern store signs. However, with time going by, the prosperous glory of the old street has faded away. Additionally, because it is unavailable for alternations, the badly weathered buildings have become dangerous houses. Numerous domestic residents move out gradually and the old street is dying as well. In 2004, with 300 million of governmental grant, the overall alternations on the buildings and streets were conducted. More especially, the old street was totally renovated by means of sandwich construction to keep the unique building styles and features of the old street.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our theme aims to introduce the indigo dye workshop next to the Sanxia Historical and Cultural Museum on the New Taipei City. There have been numerous people probably forgetting the traditional art of “indigo dye”. However, the beauty of “indigo dye” deeply attracts us - the students majoring in multiple media design. Indigo dye is not only the traditional skill native to Sanxia, but also symbolizes its domestically cultural aesthetics. To make this art pervade eternally and globally is exactly our mission as the young generation. This theme is titled “Silent Visual Feast - Sanxia Indigo Dye”We actually visit the indigo dye workshop and make our own workshop of indigo dye. Through this research, we sincerely hope our academic theories of aesthetics can allow more people to enjoy the beauty of the indigo dye art. In this theme, we establish a website to introduce the art of indigo dye art at Sanxia. Also, through the creativity of everyone, we create some planar designs dedicated to the indigo dye workshop. Hopefully, people can be attracted by the unique beauty of indigo dye art to fulfill the purpose of culture and art heritage. The development and evolution of the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia, along with its insistence and innovation to the indigo dye art, can substantially demonstrate the Taiwan spirit. Therefore, we hope through our theme research, people can profoundly understand the contextual meaning of the indigo dye art and experience the insistence and innovation on traditional art skill devoted by the indigo dye art. It can infuse the authentic traditional skills into the daily life locally and also prosperously pervade globally.

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:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Internet Environment at Home: ADSL on-line, 0.50M fiber-optic Internet Internet Environment at School: 10M fiber-optic on-line, wireless Internet system

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Technology: Although we had some understanding about using software, there were still numerous problems happening to the styling tools for layout. We were inexperienced in web authoring and it was probably unavailable to make the design effect best exerted. We oftentimes spent our leisure time after school or on holidays for theme web authoring. Whenever there was any problem happening, we referred to teachers or senior class mates.

Time: With limited course hours and the troublesome chores of every participant, the time for interview and discussion is naturally much shorter. Every participant spent the best effort to complete this research at home or at school by making most of the leisure time after school and on holidays.

Collaboration: Every participant had his or her own concepts and ideas. Contrarily, in the aspect of design, everyone also showed different aesthetic identities. Sometimes, there were oral disputes happening to delay the theme proceeding. The team chief assigned tasks in accordance with the proceeding schedules with opinions and inspiration exchanged to avoid unnecessary disputes.

Information: From the beginning discussion to determine the theme subject, till now, everything seems going smoothly. However, it takes time and effort. Actually, there was little information available with difficulties to gather relevant information. When interview was conducted, available webpage information was adopted together with other Internet materials to complete the tasks after labor division .

Interview: Due to being inexperienced in interview, we also faced a big trouble in responding capabilities. To make the interview proceeding smoothly, we made well-organized preparation previously and interviewed to question the respondents one by one.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our theme report is not only the effort widely gathering documentary materials, but also the on-site visit to the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia. Through theme research, we find there are some people devoting to art heritage silently. However, the rise and decline of these traditional trades also profoundly affect the traditional culture and art heritage among us and this exactly the point worthy of our in-depth exploration. In the process of theme research, we deeply sense the aesthetic and culture charm of the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia. We should spare no effort to protect this traditional art with the decline avoided. In this theme research, we are well consolidated with excellent labor division to reach a single goal. This research gives us the precious experience.

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

Internet Authoring and Application: We learn the webpage authoring of our thematic research and also use Internet to share more people with our webpage contents through webpages.

Teamwork and labor division : We learn the way of labor division through teamwork and know the way how to make most of everyone’s talent. Despite everyone’s different ideas about the theme, the way for consolidated teamwork is the most invaluable part actually.

Capabilities of Data Integration: Gather and compile data to form the website mainframe.

Appreciation and Emphasis on Traditional Art: Traditional art cannot only allow us for appreciation, but also for emphasis with more prosperous development available. This exactly our development and we should pay close attention to its development. For any given kind of traditional art, we should pose the attitude with sincere appreciation and emphasis.

Project Elements

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

Hardware: Computers, digital cameras, digital video recorders, scanners and printers

Computer Software: Dream Weaver for webpage authoring, Flash for webpage animation, Photo Impact for image processing, Photo Shop for drawing, Microsoft Word for text editing, Internet Explorer for webpage browsing, ACDSee for webpage browsing, CuteFtp for data uploading

Internet: Messenger, Email, Message Board, FTP Server, ADSL and Internet Hard Disk

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

We actually paid in-depth visits to the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia with sufficient information gathered and beautiful pix taken. We knew much more about the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia wherein we were deeply moved. Hopefully, by using this opportunity, we allowed more people to understand the beauty of the indigo dye art and the difficulties of traditional art heritage through Internet and the CyberFair.

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

With the on-site visit to the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia, we amazedly find the unstoppable charm of traditional indigo dye art. We were also deeply moved by the insistence, promotion and innovation with the devotion made by the indigo dye workshop. We appreciated the never-ending insistence on the indigo dye art with the effort made by the indigo dye workshop. Also, with the incessant endeavor and promotion devoted by the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia, the art aesthetics of has become beautiful cultural scenery of the old street at Sanxia.

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

Indigo dye workshop at Sanxia Address: No.3,Lane20, Zhong-shan Rd.Sanxia Division,New Taipei City,Taiwan,R.O.C.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

As Rodin said, life never lacked beauty, but lacked finds. In the rapidly changing modern society, we always spend too much time to chase after fashionable trends, but forget the beauty of traditional art. Our values are short-sighted to art evaluation. Actually, real art never spends much and takes considerable effort, but needs mindful feelings. We can easily find there are numerous beautiful things around us. There have been numerous traditional trades forgotten by people. Through this thematic research and interview, we start to profoundly find beauty should be sensed by heart to appreciate the beauty of color and objects. Additionally, we are deeply moved by the heritage and innovation made by the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia. In view of the skill and the insistence on quality devoted by the indigo dye workshop at Sanxia, it spares no effort on aesthetical innovation. Without violating the primary spirit of traditional art, it is expected to fulfill the public demand. It means traditional art is not always something aged. Appropriate innovation and change can make us sense the beauty of art deeper.


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