New Taipei maker mart opens in National Palace Museum

Taipei,  A two-day maker mart hosted by the New Taipei government opened Friday in the National Palace Museum (NPM) complex in Taipei, showcasing many creative items based on ideas inspired by a famous painting of the Song dynasty and other NPM works.

The well-known masterpiece “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” by Song dynasty painter Zhang Zeduan (張擇端, 1085-1145) depicts the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital Bianjing (now Kaifeng in China’s Henan Province) during the Northern Song.

Led by the city’s education bureau, teachers and students from 40 New Taipei-based schools exhibited creations based on themes from the painting in the plaza in front of the museum and in Zhishan Garden located in the northern part of the complex.

New Taipei Municipal Jhangshu International Creative Technical High School displayed a collection of clothes created by students that drew on what people were wearing in the painting.

The clothes were modeled by Lee-Ming Institute of Technology students on a runway and when the models lined up next to each other, they opened their dresses to their sides, revealing sections of the painting.

Bali Elementary School students came up with a sampan, the flat- bottomed wooden boat used for transportation or as a shelter on inland waters or in coastal areas, reflecting the river scenes depicted in the painting.

New Taipei Municipal An Kang High School, meanwhile, designed a remote-controlled pitch pot robot to allow users to experience the fun enjoyed by the elite in ancient China of throwing sticks from a set distance into a large canister as shown in the painting.

Mimicking a setting in the painting, Pinglin Junior High School students exhibited items related to Pinglin’s tea culture by incorporating the spirit of tea rites popular in the Song dynasty.

Some makers drew on other works in the museum’s collection.

Students from Ku-Pao Home Economics & Commercial High School, for example, drew on the Jadeite Cabbage, a bokchoy cabbage carved from jade that is one of the museum’s most popular items, to make green bean sweet pastries in the form of the jadeite cabbage.

The education bureau said it sponsored the event to underscore that makers can draw inspiration from their surroundings — including schools, businesses, and their living environment — in embodying the maker spirit of “if you can think of it, you can make it.”

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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