The distinct, imaginative aesthetics of these contemporary designs
translate the inner worlds of Miao women
into exuberant lines and stylized patterns.
They illustrate the lively yet
deeply reverent relationship with nature and tradition
that is at the core of Miao family life.
29-year-old Zhang Meiling is a well-known paper-cutting artist in the small town of Shidong, she started learning this artistic skill from her mother since 6 years old. As a specialist of classic patterns based on Miao's legends, Zhang Meiling now is a guest professor at a local vocational college's Fine Art department, where hundreds of students are inspired by her and are willing to pass on this Intangible Cultural Heritage afterwards.
Admirers of Zhang Meiling's work come to visit her almost everyday, asking for her advices. Buyers who finds her in the county fair always consult her on colors of the threads after purchasing the paper cutouts. Summer is the busy season for her, local women buy her works for embroideries, tourists also buy them for decorations.
In Collaboration with Riverbend Academy of Hmongology, Guizhou, China
--- Exhibition Crew ---
Culture Consultants: Yang Peide, An Hong
Project Coordinator: Cecilia Xiong
Exhibition Curator: Lin Wen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chief Photographer: Austin Kramer
Other Photographers: Huang Xiaohai, Shi Kaibao, Lin Wen
Content Writer: Lin Wen
Translator: Austin Kramer, Li Yi, Liu Qing, Lin Wen
Proofreader: Austin Kramer
Video Clip Editor: Lin Wen
--- Mini Documentary Film Crew ---
Director: Lu Ying
Assistant Director: Zhang Te
Video Photographer: Zhi Yuehui, Zhang Te, Ji Xiang
Film Editor: Lu Ying, Zhi Yuehui, Suiwu Changjun
Script Writer: Yang Peide
Script Editor: Lin Wen
Color Adjust: Zhong Rujie, Zhi Yuehui
Music: Audio Jungle
Recording: Chenguang Recording Studio