Photo Credit: Jerry Wong
|c1880 (Photo Credit: Ralph Repo)|
|Photo Credit: Laura Ciomei & Twentyfour Students|
Folding fans were introduced to China by the Japanese
|Photo Credit: Inge|
Fans are also used as a display of grace in the Chinese fan dance- a traditional folk dance that's 2000 yrs old that you can watch in the video below:
We also found the tai chi kung fu fan pretty interesting to watch - an accessory to tai chi, its form is based on tai chi, the fan dance, and martial arts and can be seen here
Make a Chinese Ornamental Fan
What to do with the brush painting we learned? A small, ornamental fan.
All you need is a piece of paper, this template, a wooden stir stick (I got these at a craft store - they are longer and skinnier than regular popsicle sticks), and glue (we used a glue gun). We decided to paint the stick black.
1- Cut out your fan template and decorate. Maybe with some brush painting?
2- Fold the paper in accordion fold style. Make your first fold going in towards the back of the paper (see below, left). Because it's an arch, the accordion fold won't be perfectly level, and that's fine.
3- When you've done folding, cut the second end if necessary to make sure both ends finish with a mountain fold (see below)
4- Cut the stir stick in half. Glue one half to each end of the fan on the back. Make sure they line up so the bottoms match.
5- Stretch out the paper to a position you like, then glue the two ends of the sticks together, one overlapping the other. Hold it while it dries to make sure it keeps its shape.
6- This fan was glued as part of a collage over joss paper, on a piece of our hand made paper.
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