Made In Taiwan
May 9 –22, 2005
Hualien County Culture
Affairs Bureau, East Hualien Foundation of Culture and Education
Pine Garden Center
Culture Affairs Bureau, Hualien County
549, Jhongshan Rd., Hualien City, Hualien County 970
have arrived in Hualien, and our first impression is very
good. The city built a new airport and itis quite impressive. Eva Chang
picked us up and showed us around the area and then took us to Pine Garden
Center. It is quite beautiful and will be a very interesting place to
work for two weeks. The Center is two stories and has gallery and classroom
spaces. We have decided to hang the exhibit on the second floor because
the space is large and filled with light. Although the ceilings
are high they can be reached with a ladder. They hold yoga classes in
the space on Mondays, but that should be compatible with the art work.
We will be holding the workshop in a covered porch area near a small pond.
The workshop will be held on Friday and Saturday.
we completed the installation of the exhibition in the upstairs gallery.
The exhibit looks good with all of the light coming in from the windows
and skylights. After lunch we set up the studio, and Jane began to look
around the Pine Grove area for suitable plants that will make paper. She
found a number, but she has already made paper from some of them. She
met with a woman this afternoon to review the various plants. She looked
at all of the paper plant books that have been done for each residency.
We are going to visit this volunteer's home and studio tomorrow. She is
a member of the Ami tribe, one of the aboriginal groups in Hualien area.
We also have a press conference tomorrow, and the Cultural Bureau
will be sending representatives to the conference. The Mayor may also
be there as well.
also went out looking at various stores in the area where we are staying
in downtown Hualien. There is night market nearby that sold good fruits.
We are staying above a dental office on the 4th floor. The dentist's wife
is a board member of Pine Grove Center. The facilities are very nice and
the dentist, American name Charlie, and his wife Amy are very thoughtful
was the day for the news conference. The Deputy Director of the Hualien
County Cultural Bureau came to the news conference along with some other
staff. We also had 10 print reporters and two video reporters. It was
a great turn out, and we heard that many of the reporters enjoyed Jane's
art work. Prior to the reporters arrival we set up the papermaking area,
so that they would see how paper was made. During the event, one of the
reports responded to Jane's request for others to make paer. This was
one of two video reporters. She did a nice job and will come back to get
her paper when it dries. The reporters stayed for over an hour which is
an indication of how
interested they were in Jane's work and the process of papermaking.
lunch we watched the video on the "My Home" exhibit that Jane
did an installation for back in October. It was great to see the Jane's
paper house and all of the people enjoying making paper and writing on
the paper attached to the house. Rich Art, who organized the exhibit also
produced a very extensive and beautiful catolog of the exhibition.
After lunch, we went to the home of the abriginal artist Mei. She lives
near Liyu Lake about 20 kilometers from Hualien. Her home reflects not
only a unique culture but her own art work. She is particularly interested
in the plants that the Ami use for food and wants to see how some of these
can be used for papermaking. We selected two plants that we will try to
make paper. Tomorrow we will begin the process of preparing the plants
and start cooking.
was focused on collecting additional plants, cooking and then making sample
paper for the Hualien paper book. It is raining here, and it will be difficult
to have the paper dry. There is one building at Pine Grove that has air
conditioning and that may be used for drying the paper.
far we have discovered 5 plants and have made paper from two of them.
One of them, the Indian Laurel is similar to the Laurel tree we found
on Kinmen. That tree produced so much slimy material it was not possible
to make paper. We did use it for formation aid. The Indian Laurel also
produces a slimy material similar to formation aid, but it was possible
to make paper and use no other formation aid. The question will be if
it is strong enough when it dries. We also found a ficus tree at ine Grove
Center, and it appears to be very good for papermaking. The bark/skin
is very similar to mulberry.
went to dinner tonight at a very nice restaurant with Mr. Tsai who was
one of the curators with Rich Art and Culture who worked on the "
Taiwan My Home" exhibit that Jane partiicpatied in last October in
Taipei. He will be working with us on the final show of Jane's project
to be held in Taipei.
Tomorrow will begin the two day workshop. It will be a challenge as the
weather may continue to be wet. We'll have to adapt and try various things
to get it to work for everyone. When we returned to the place we are staying,
our host was teaching a flower arranging class for some of her students.
We were introduced and Tim caught them taking a picture of Jane and some
of the students.
day started early because we needed to be at Pine Garden to get ready
for the workshop. There were over 25 students who enjoyed learning about
paper. The first part of the morning was spent with introductions, viewing
of the Power Point presentation about making paper and Jane's work and
then making paper using the Western method. The workshop class also went
upstairs to view Jane's Taiwan and regional site maps. After lunch the
students continued to make paper. They created some interesting paper
that we are hoping will dry for tomorrow. It has been ery wet here for
the last couple of days. We are told that the weather is expected to improve.
arriving in Hualien, we have experienced at least half a dozen earthquakes.
One was as large as 4.6 and was located 8 k away from Hualien City. Taiwan
has a lot of earthquake activity. People who live here say that
they no longer notice these small earthquakes. This may not be too true
as we had one the morning while in the upstairs gallery, and some of the
people gave out rather loud cries of alarm. I would guess that after a
while you take them in stride. There are no really tall buildings here,
and the Taiwanese, particularly after the major earthquake in 1997, have
built very strong and flexible structures.
second day of the workshop went very well. The students spent a lot time
making paper using both the Western and Asian methods and trying out some
innovative contemporary approaches. They aslo did a group pour on to a
screen stapled to the prch floor. They also made some very interesting
art work from the paper that they had made the day before. Some of this
paper had to be ironed to dry it. It was sunny in the morning but
then began to rain again in the afternoon.
We contacted our landlord's sister, Amy Wang and she took us to dinner
at the Astar Hotel that is one of the oldest and most elegant in Hualien..
Its decor is of aboriginal art and carvings. The food was excellent. It
was a buffet and had such a variety of food from meats to sea food. There
were also many desserts including ice cream.
rain continues to come down. It makes it very difficult to have the paper
Jane makes dry. She went out to pick some additional plants to cook and
make paper. She selected
"cattail" reeds from the pond that is next to the studio. She
also selected leaves, flowers and other items that will be included in
her paper for the Hualien "site map." Jane has the help of one
of the volunteers. Jane picked while she held the umbrella. Jane felt
somewhat like royality with having someone hold an umbrella for her. She
took some of the reeds and made an open woven structure that she placed
on a papermaking frame and dipped into the vat of pulp. It was an interesting
piece of paper.
making paper we had a visitor from the Univeristy of South Carolina. He
was here with other people visiting for the day. He commented on the earthquake
that moring. It was the first one that he had experienced. He was
enjoying himself seeing the sites of Hualien.
lunch, Vincent took us on a tour of the coast line of Hualien Country
south of Hualien City. It is one of the most beautiful areas of Taiwan.
The mountains come right down to the sea. There are scattered villages
along the coast with names such as Baci and Jici. Jici has one of the
best beaches for swimming in Hualien County. Most of the rest of the coast
is very rocky. We did stop at a couple of interesting places.
of those places was a beach, restaurant and sculpture park run by an Amis
family. It was called "Cow Beach" and had a sign at the top
of the road that looked like a cow. They also had a warning sign of the
not to do - including bombing fish. There were many folk art like sculptures
from wood and stone. Some were a combination of both. There were more
traditional ones carved from the rocks and wood. There were also some
very contempory ones. One of the contemporary ones was a rather busty
woman in a blue bikini bottom that was held together with a "Hello
Kitty" strap. At the restaurant we happened on a sleeping dog that
did not seem to be disturbed by anyone.
there we continued to head south and stopped at an overlook with a scene
of the beach and the mountain coming right down to the water. This was
the community and beach area known as Jici. Beyond Jici we stopped again
at famous bridge built by the Japanese. It is now closed and replaced
by a modern metal bridge. At this point we turned around and headed back.
On the way we stopped at two artist's studios. One is a Taiwanest aboriginal
of the Amis tribe who has exhibited widely. We took some photos of his
studio and of the playhouse-sized Amis house he built for his children.
His studio was constructed of various wood that he fitted together cutting
out jig saw like connections.
continued up the beach to the Jiko studio where the artist Mr. Kan builds
furniture that is surreal. They are imaginative and very enjoyable. He
does very well selling his work in Taiwan and would do as well in the
US we think. He joined us for coffee and talked about his work and other
activities. We then continued on and arrived back to our place of stay.
We really enjoyed the trip and thanked Vincent, the director of Pine Garden
Center for taking us.
was another dentist who is an orthodonist using the dental office today.
He got his training in Philidelphia and lives in Philadelphia and Taiwan
now. We went out to dinner with him and his assistant and a friend. The
restaurant is owned by and the food cooked by a former Taiwan Airforce
fighter pilot. The food was excellent, and we enjoyed meeting many in
the restaurnt, including the Director of the Education Bureau of Hualien
County. We will definitely return to eat again at this restaurant
was a dryer day until this afternoon when it began to rain again. Tomorrow
will be a better day, they say. Fortunately, it was dry enough for Jane
to make paper and put it on the pine trees this morning. It dried by early
afternoon. It showed the nice texture of the bark from the big pine trees
that are so important to Pine Garden Center.
Some students from the Hualien Teachers College came to visit Pine Garden
today, and Jane gave a demonstration of papermaking for them. In
the early afternoon there was a yoga class upstairs where Jane's exhibit
is installed. It was wonderful to see these moving bodies intertwined
with the site maps. Tim took a video, and he will try to incorporate it
into a video on Jane's work.
In the afternoon, Jane began working on putting her Hualien site map
together. It will have the shape of Hualien County. She is hoping to get
some of the traditional ramie fiber used by the aboriginals in Hualien
County to use as the strings that hold the map together. Tomorrow
an aboriginal weaver is supposed to come to visit and bring some fibers
Jane worked on her Hualien site map. She was able to put the strings and
other fibers to link her individual pieces of handmade paper together
to make the shape of Hualien County. She had asked for some ramie thread
to put into her site map. A lady from one of the aboriginal tribes stopped
by with some of the ramie thread that she had spun. Her name in Chinese
is Tien, Jing hsou, and she also has an aboriginal name. She learned
the techniques of spinning and weaving in the traditional way from her
grandmother. Ms. Tien also brought with her some of the weavings
that she had done. One
of them was a beautiful woven piece done on a traditional back strap loom
that is used by her tribe. The material was ramie in its natural color
with a traditional pattern in darker color. Jane shared with Ms.
Tien the information on the plants that she is using to make paper in
Taiwan and showed her some of the samples of handmade paper. One of the
plants was ramie done in Taipei County. Jane also looked at some of the
other weavings that the weaver brought with her. All of them are
done very well. One of the signs of a good weaving is an even edge or
a great lunch at a seafood restaurant located in the night market, Jane
continued to work on the site map. She applied the Golden acrylic mat
gel to the surface of the map. This is done to hold the work together.
Tim has been working on preparing an overall video of the Made in Taiwan
Jane continued to work on her site map. She finished one side and will
work on the other. This morning she had a visit from another artist/sculptor
and installation artists. He talked with her about her work and his art
and will come back with photos of his works to show Jane. Later
in the afternoon the gardener at Pine Garden Center brought in some willow
branches that he had collected, and Jane will use these to make some paper
evening Jane gave a prsentation to the Chi Hwa Rotary Club in Hualien.
She gave a PowerPoint presentation that showed her art work with
handmade paper and talked about the "Made in Taiwan" project.
This morning Jane continued to work on her Hualian site map. She also
spent time striping the bark of the red willow that was brought to the
Center. She expected that this plant that grew next to the pond would
make good paper. Some of the volunteers cooked the fiber and then began
to beat the cooked fiber. Jane also sat at the edge of the pond to draw
the two lillies that were growing in the pond. She later included a painted
water lily in her site map.
lunch, many of the members of the workshop came to bring lunch for a potluck
lunch all together again. Each person made a dish and they were
all vegetarian and seafood dishes. We enjoyed all the good food
and the time together. The workshop participants also looked at
all the dried handmade papers they had made and removed them from the
cloth and signed their names to works that will be in the community works
exhibition at the Center on Saturday. This luncheon was a very special
even and really shows the hospitality and good food of Hualien.
Afterwards she and Tim went to visit the National Dong Hwa University
campus that is located about 15 kilometers south of Hualien City. It is
a new university built 11 years ago. We visited with many individuals
and talked to the two people who run the art center. It would be an interesting
place to work.
finished her Hualien site map this morning. It will be hung tomorrow morning
before the closing public event scheduled to take place at 2:00 PM. While
finishing her work she had a visitor who is a retired school teacher.
Jane also made paper from the water willow bark that was prepared
the day before. This brings the number of plants used in Hualien
for papermkaing to 7. The only one that Jane has used before in
Taiwan is the cattail leaves that she found by the pond at Pine Garden.
The paper plants book will be completed as soon as the Chinese translation
is done and a copy given to Pine Garden Center.
After lunch we went back to Dong Hwa University for an appointment with
President Hwang. He is a delightful person who is a professor of chemistry
as well as the President. .One of the comments that we heard about President
Hwang was that he has a very open communications policy. We spent an hour
with him. Jane presented him with a hand made piece of paper and poster.
At his request, Jane signed both. He invited us for dinner later,
and we were delighted to join him and others for dinner at a very nice
sea food restaurant. It was a delightful day.
was the closing exhibit of Jane's Hualien site map and the community work
from the Hualien workshop participants. The Hualien site map was installed
in the downstairs gallery at Pine Garden along with the many creative
community works. It made an impressive display. We were also very
pleased to have the mayor from the Hualien City come to accept Jane's
donation of her Hualien site map. What was very unussual was that he stayed
for over an hour and participated in many of the activities that were
taking place. Hualien City is foruate to have such a dedicated person
as mayor. Many of the community workshop pqrticipants were there
at the exhibition party
and made some speeches about the workshop and their interest in continuing
with papermaking art. Jane is very pleased that many are interested
We were also honored to have the President of National Dong Hua University,
Dr Hwang, come to the exhibition. He was accompanied by his two daughters.
They enjoed the exhibit and had a chance to socialize with others. They
stayed a long time. We also had the Chair of the Physics department Chia-Liang
Cheng and his wife Yuh-Yao Wan who is department Chair of the Graduate
Institute of Aboriginal Arts. Chia-Liang
Cheng also brought his mother and younger brother with him. There
were also many people from the community and visitors who came to the
We had a wonderful stay in Hualien, and the staff and volunteers at Pine
Garden were extremely helpful and dedicated to the success of Pine Garden.
We want to particularly thank our hosts Amy and Charlie Chang, who opened
up their apartment above their dental clinic for us to have a very nice
place to stay in Hualien. Both Amy and Charlie we exceedingly generous
and gracious hosts for our stay in Hualien.. Amy was kind enough to drive
us to many of the places around the area.
last day in Hualien ended with a wonderful dinnner at a famous restaurant
in Hualien City hosted by Pine Garden. We enjoyed sharing the great
food and fellowship with the staff and volunteers of Pine Garden.
After the dinner Jane and Tim packed up qll the materials, equipment and
personal stuff to send on to Taitung Railway Art Warehouse, our next stop
for the "Made in Taiwn" project.
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