Made In Taiwan
Nov. 22- Dec. 5, 2004
Penghu Aquarium, Marine Biology Research Center, T.F.R.I., C,O,A
Web site: http://www.ph.tfrin.gov.tw
The Aquarium staff has produced this beautiful poster to promote Jane's
visit. We are looking forward to our visit to the very special place.
We have arrived in Penghu and the aquarium is much more beautiful than
we expected. We met with some of the museum staff and volunteers. They
are helping us get settled and start to work.
We have started to install "Made in Taiwan" in the aquarium's
cafeteria that is closed for a couple of weeks. It is a great space that
will make it possible to show the work to lots of people. The photos are
of Jane and some community volunteers installing some of the "site
maps". Also. there is a photo showing Jane looking around outside
the aquarium buildings to find materials and one photo showing feeding
of the fish at the aquarium. The aquarium is an amazing facility
with beautiful views of fish and ocean life. Penghu is a very interesting
place with 64 islands, and the aquarium is located on one of the larger
islands "Baisha" which means "white sand". There
is lots to see and many different plants that Jane will be using in her
Tuesday was a day to go out into the fields around the Aquarium to gather
plants. Jane and her assistants found six plants that she believes would
be good for making paper. Once picked, the plants were stripped of their
bark, cut up and soaked. We had four pots and burners so that it is going
to be quicker to see how the plants will do for making paper. We also
found an abandoned traditional Penghu house and a more modern house built
behind it on our plant-gathering trip.
Jane and community volunteers prepared the fibers that were cooked yesterday.
They continued to cook additional plants. Jane had a visit from the local
Junior High School students. There were about 50 students. They got to
see the aquarium, pick flowers to put into their paper and then make paper.
They made some very good paper. Afterwards, Jane talked to them about
her "Made in Taiwan" project and the art exhibition she made
at Penghu Aquarium. They were very interested to hear about the Penghu
"site maps" Jane plans to make using local materials.
Jane got up early this morning and went to out to collect sea weed at
low tide. There were a number of people out to find clams. The water goes
down almost 2 meters. She then started to make paper using the plants
that were collected and prepared. The one in the photo is Mallow. It not
do so well as the fibers are not dispersing well. She later gave a lecture
to the art students from the Junior and Senior High Schools at the Bureau
of Cultural Affairs auditorium.
Jane talked with both a print and TV reporter today. She continued to
prepare paper pulp from the local plant fibers and got ready for the two-day
public workshop Saturday and Sunday. We also went in search of the best
fish to cook for tonight’s dinner. Yi-lin had asked the local market
to call him when the fishmonger came selling his fish. We arrived after
he had left. David, one of the employees at the Penghu Aquarium, drove
us around the northern island in search of the fishmonger. No luck, we
went to the main city Makung's vegetable and fish market. We did buy two
of the slices of fish shown in the picture below, and dinner turned out
Jane led a papermaking workshop for 25 people. She had a lot of help
from volunteers. Everyone seemed to have learned about the plants that
make paper and then collected some on a field trip lead by Sherry. They
came back and started making paper.
The two day workshop ended today with the students producing some very
good works. They learned to make a large work (200 cm x 100 cm) using
the pouring method. They also learned about and made paper from the local
plants. Overall, it was a successful two days.
Jane started out the day making paper from plants collected around the
island. One of those plants was elephant grass. It made beautiful green
paper but did not have much wet strength. She had to put it with paper
mulberry to give it enough strength to be used for embossing on the coral
walls. After putting the paper on the walls, used as wind blocks, she
went on a tour of the western or Fisherman's Island. She stopped at the
temple that has the oldest banyan tree, over 350 years old, that has spread
to over 100 down shoots and covers over 1,000 square meters. She also
saw interesting sea coast villages and watched the sunset from a fort
built in the 18th century.
Jane spent a busy day getting up early to visit the fishing port where
they sell fish and other goods. Some of the fishermen who are from mainland
China are not permitted off the boats. She then went to the temple where
the oldest tree is located, prayed, and donated to the god before putting
up her paper on the trunks. She also found the symbol of the temple interesting
and put paper on that as well. She returned later in the afternoon to
find the paper on the symbol dry but not on the tree. She removed the
paper on the symbol. Returning to the Aquarium, she began laying out her
round-shaped Penghu Sitemap based on the round map of the islands she
saw at the historical exhibition in Penghu about the Portugese exploration
of the islands..
Today we returned to the largest tree on the island and removed the paper.
Jane continued to work on her round Penghu site map and began to create
a new one useing a fish net as a base to work. We are beginning to wind
down on the collecting, cooking and preparing samples of paper from the
plants we have found on Penghu. So far we have tried 13 plants, and some
are excellent. Others are very resistant to being broken down to make
paper. This may be due to the salt levels, hot sun in the summer and the
high winds in the winter. Only the most hardy plants survive here year
around. People in Penghu are beginning to put out Christmas decorations,
and it is strange to see this happen in a non-Christian country.
We are spending our last couple of days here at the Pengu Aquarium. Jane
is trying to complete her three Penghu site maps. One of the site maps
is round, an unusual shape for her and the other was put together on a
fishing net. As you can see from the pictures, they are different from
her past work. She also has a public lecture tonight 12-4-04.
Jane spent the final full day at Penghu completing her three Penghu Site
Maps. She has not named them yet. Tim was able to photograph two of the
three maps. She also gave a lecture at the cultural center. Although the
day began with much wind and rain, it finished with one of the most beautiful
days that we have spent here. The sun was shining, and the wind was a
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