Taiwanese lantern and paper artists in Wellington
Taiwanese lantern-maker and paper cut artist Mr Wang Chen-Wen and his talented wife Tung Pi-Er held paper cutting workshops at seven Wellington schools as part of the Wellington Chinese New Year programme organised by the Asian Events Trust.
They also took part in the Wellington Chinese New Year Festival day and were due to fly on to Christchurch to participate in the Lantern Festival there.
The author of “The art of Traditional Lanterns”, Mr Wang is also an internationally renowned bird artist who uses lanternmaking to promote environmental conservation and bird protection. His wife is a renowned contemporary paper artist.
Paper cutting was originally practised by the noble class, as paper was a precious commodity. Today, red paper-cuts are chiefly decorative and used for surfaces such as walls, windows and doors, and also given as gifts. Entrances are decorated with paper cut-outs at Chinese New Year to bring good luck.