Friday, May 7, 2010

Sanyi: a small glimpse

Sanyi is a small town located just north of Taichung and is well known for mudiao - traditional wood-carving.  Alongside groups of small children on field trips from Taiwan and Hong Kong I experienced just a small part of Sanyi - an old decoy duck factory turned do-it-yourself wood painting shop.  Much like the pottery painting that was popular when I was in high-school, this duck factory provides all sorts of pre-carved wood products for customers to paint.  Printed pictures are available to help guide you in your painting if you are feeling insecure about your creative capabilities.  When you are done, the staff glaze and cure your finished product for you. 

Many types of birds available to be painted

My neighbor's choice

 First coat on my project - these are inspired by traditional jiaobei, or moon, blocks

 Clear coat

Finished product drying

My favorite of the items for sale in the showroom

After painting I had to go home so I didn't really see the town at all, but I look forward to going back and walking the streets to see what else Sanyi has to offer. 

1 comment:

  1. I'd love to see some photos of Sanyi's streets. Great art, btw.