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Exhibitions and interview -- Passion Flower on SAQA JOURNAL

What a surprise!
I saw my work when I opened the journal that has just arrived.

post at 2021-10-20 15:17:46

Exhibitions and interview -- Life Journey of Flowers I: Passion on Art Quilt Quarterly!

I’m thrilled to see my work, Life Journey of Flowers I: Passion, on the Art Quilt Quarterly! The materials I used for this quilt are very special and I am glad to have it published. What an honor to share it with you all. Best wishes to everyone!


post at 2021-09-22 15:41:31

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 7) Challenge 2–A Gorgeous Monologue

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 7) Challenge 2

Title of Work: A Gorgeous Monologue

Artist Statement:

I hand sewed a flower in my solitary meditation, turning from yellow to white, learning to be alone but not lonely through the restless environment, redefining my inner security, and enjoying the splendid stage of being alone.

Give yourself a chance to have an inner monologue, will it be a magnificent presentation? Will you be free without panic, helplessness, and loneliness? A single artist performing live on a stage is a one-person show. The way to stand confidently on the exclusive stage to interact with audiences like a talk show, and to convey rich content alone is an important experience and a must-learn.

During the pandemic, people are keeping a distance from each other and forced to be alone, as if they are practicing a one-man show. When our daily lives are changed and renewed, we ought to express ourselves most accurately.

Materials: recycled fabrics, hand dyed fabrics, commercial cotton prints, printmaking wiping fabrics (tarlatan and polyester), satin, Romanian thread, embroidery floss, ribbon

Techniques: hand stitched, silk ribbon embroidered

Size: H 41" x W 41"

Ideas and Thoughts:

New Work Kicks Off

This is my design drawing for my second work. Is the preparation process of hand-stitching more complicated? I must be concentrated and focused, otherwise I won't be able to complete the work. I want to use the two pieces of fabric dyed by my daughter in this work! I am looking forward to the result of combining the dyed fabrics in my work!

post at 2021-08-26 11:34:13

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 7) Challenge 1–Colorful and Splendid

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 7) Challenge 1

Title of work: Colorful and Splendid


Artist Statement:

A new world that I only recently discovered is that croton plants are delicate and beautiful. After observing them for some time, I began to admire this kind of ever-changing plant that can naturally change its color. If our lives can be transformed in such a wonderful way, they must be colorful and splendid and keeping oneself stay motivated.

After observing the color change of leaves, I found that with leaves, color sensations can be cultivated. We might be able to practice visual empathy and learn to experience the world from the perspectives of people who suffer from color weakness and color blindness. How troublesome it could be if we cannot distinguish the differences between certain colors in our daily lives. I have started a series of study and exploration, and l look forward to starting a new knowledge journey with curiosity. I hope to increase my creative energy. This is the first work in my Observation series.

Materials: monoprinting, hand dyed fabrics, natural dyed fabrics, recycled fabrics, commercial cotton prints, silk, metallic thread, Romanian thread

Techniques: hand stitched, hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted

Size: H 41" x W 41"

Ideas and Thoughts:

Enjoy the Freedom

My personal theme for A New World is Observation. I want to make some changes, and I wish to observe myself and my family members more. I will challenge myself to create a brand new series of 6 works.

It’s a quilt that I completed in March 2020. The rubbing of Chinese characters was from a door panel that I saw during a visit to China with Sue Dennis and Mary Pal. It depicts that I have too many unknowns to learn about people, things, and the environment, and therefore I used a lot of red colors and hollow flowers on it.

In the next 18 months after March 2021, I will try to bring back the vitality for the hollow flowers, give myself new learning experiences, inject living water and see more interesting and new things. Exploration makes me happy. I won’t give up but keep going! I look forward to creating 6 quilts in the next 18 months! I wish you all health and happiness.

post at 2021-06-10 11:16:51

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 6) Challenge 3–A World of Leaves

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 6) Challenge 3

Title of work: A World of Leaves


Artist Statement:

The natural ecosystem of overgrown plants is an environment where I like to observe and learn. My father uses natural farming methods on his land. Dead leaves were lifted naturally, allowing weeds underneath to grow and spread, showing the strong vitality of wild species in the uncultivated land. I feel the multilayered love of my parents when I am sewing the quilt. It is the force of Nature.

What is the multilayered ecology? Nature holds profound wisdom and survival principles. I use a needle and thread to sew the ecology of plants that I see through my eyes to share my deep feeling with plants. Learning to observe natural phenomena and portray the multilayered mystery in my work is a great challenge to me. Seeing the "invisible" life hidden in the chaos and clutter of the leaf world, I challenge myself to depict the state of "order in chaos" in Nature and the quietness, comfort, and continuing life cycle in my heart.

Tiny wild poinsettias are growing between the dead leaves in this quilt. When I was sewing it before Christmas Eve in 2020, all of a sudden the global pandemic was getting worse again. The much-anticipated Christmas family reunion and gathering were forcibly canceled or restricted. I tried to send my best wishes to everyone with this work, so I changed my design. The flowers were disassembled, enlarged, and re-sewn. Let us enhance our determination to fight the pandemic. I hope my thoughts can be conveyed through this work and become an encouragement to others. I wish everyone to stay safe and healthy.

Materials: recycled fabrics, hand dyed fabrics, commercial cotton prints, silk fabric, satin, Japanese kimono fabric, beads, Romanian thread, embroidery floss

Techniques: hand stitched, hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, hand quilted

Size: H 60" x W 30"

Ideas and Thoughts:

The Happiness Field

My third work of my Line Series is connected to Taiwan. It’s my father's field in Tainan City, Taiwan. My father was a successful businessman. He likes plants and hopes to be a farmer and spend time with plants every day after he retired. The pictures show my father’s field where he grows all kinds of plants and lives a leisurely life. He eats fruits and vegetables that he grew himself. Money cannot buy health and happiness. It also makes us have special feelings for plants. The inspiration for my next work comes from the field.

My Father’s Natural Farm

My parents hope to provide a free and natural environment where all things on earth could enjoy fruits as much as they want and thrive in this organic garden of insects and birds. My mother said, "Let the insects and birds eat first, then we recycle and enjoy the rest. Insects and animals are clever. They understand to reward and leave the essential parts for us to eat." In this way, I gain more opportunities than others to observe and learn from Nature. Thanks to the natural farm run by my parents.

Banana trees are fruitful in winter. Insects and animals are enjoying them.

Insects and animals’ leftovers.

A jujube tree laden with fruit has collapsed to the ground.

The jujube looks beautiful, but insects had enjoyed eating the fruit. They are very clever and know how to eat without traces.

Looks like a masterpiece created by fruit worms inside the jujube.

post at 2021-02-01 15:35:21

International Exchange -- Happy New Year!


2020 has been a challenging year for all of us.
Hope the uneasy days will end soon.

post at 2020-12-24 18:25:31

Exhibitions and interview -- See My Works at the VIRTUAL QUILT FESTIVAL 2020!

I am thrilled that my works "My Generation #1: Self-Discipline" and "My Generation #3: LOHAS" are accepted into the Hands All Around exhibit of International Quilt Festival 2020. Due to Covid-19, the exhibition is held online this year. Everyone is welcome to buy tickets on the VIRTUAL QUILT FESTIVAL website and enjoy beautiful artworks from all over the world. Thank you. I wish everyone stay safe and well!

post at 2020-12-04 14:05:55

International Exchange -- Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 6) Challenge 2–Flower of Life

Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 6) Challenge 2

Title of work: Flower of Life


Artist Statement:

It’s extremely sad that Covid-19 isolates us from others, deprives us of the freedom of our daily life, and dominates human beings. It feels like someone pressed a pause button on everything in the whole world. It changes our habits and concepts.

The year 2020 is a life challenge for me. I curated an international exhibition displaying 372 works from 22 countries in August 2020 and I successfully completed the difficult task. At the same time, I underwent major surgery and was being strong to protect my life. It’s impossible to imagine that two major events in my life going on at the same time during the difficult times of the global pandemic, and luckily I accomplish both goals. It’s like a flower of life blooming in the face of adversity. The blue and transparent flower symbolizes that we are in a fragile and uneasy environment and we need stronger courage to accept the challenges and overcome them. The blue flowers are blooming for the beauty of the year 2020 and the future. I hope everyone is keeping well and safe, and pray that the pandemic will be eliminated as soon as possible.

Materials: recycled fabrics, hand dyed fabrics, commercial cotton prints, silk, gauze, lace, sequin, beads, Romanian thread, metallic thread

Techniques: hand stitched, hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, hand quilted

Size: H 30" x W 30"

Ideas and Thoughts:

The second line of my Line series connects to Bangkok, Thailand. When I was walking around downtown Bangkok, I noticed that circles or curves caught my eyes from time to time. Amazingly, all kinds of big and small circles are like telling their own stories. It’s very interesting. Circles inspire me to create a work.

What you see and hear when you are traveling increase your thinking. There are lots of adventures in our life journey, which make life more interesting. In Bangkok, I saw so many circular structures and finally got lost in the street scene in front of me, like a black hole, and was sucked away by a force! I feel I need to retrieve myself from the black hole. I look forward to finding out the answer and creating it in my work! I hope everyone is staying safe & healthy.

post at 2020-10-19 15:06:01

Exhibitions and interview -- My Generation #3: LOHAS on Dutch Magazine, textiel plus

Got good news from the Netherlands. My work, My Generation #3: LOHAS, was included in the Dutch magazine, textiel plus. The theme was flowers. I am honored to share the news. The work will be exhibited at Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2020. Please come to see the show. Thank you! I wish you all peace and health.

post at 2020-07-09 10:19:15

Exhibitions and interview -- Forest Fires on Swedish Magazine, Rikstäcket!

I am thrilled to have my work, Forest Fires, included in Swedish National Quilting Guild magazine, Rikstäcket! Viewpoints 9’s hard work and effort have paid off!

post at 2020-06-22 09:49:16

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