Hello, everybody. I am Lu Wenqi from China. Today, I’d like to tell you something about my experiences about heritage with you.
Well, my first exploration happened quite by accident. At first, I attended a class to learn how to design paper clothes, those modern or fashion clothes, like this. However, after a visit to a museum, my opinions changed completely.
When I saw those porcelains in the museum, I just felt that I couldn’t resist them. Their patterns, their shapes and the colors, all attracted me. I thought it would be a pity if I hadn’t used them in my design. So I started my plan on making a paper clothes combining porcelain patterns with modern design.
Talking about my purpose of this project, firstly, it’s to explore.
I wanted to know more about it myself and the more I knew, the further I wanted to continue, so this event became what I was really passionate about.
Then it’s the desire to improve it. Well, it doesn’t refer to change the porcelain, but change the way people get contact with it. Through clothes, porcelains were combined with modern design which enabled it to be accepted by a lot more people. So after this acceptance, spreading it may be much easier.
This two were my favorite designs and that’s what I’ve put into real at last. The red one was inspired from porcelains like this, while the blue one was from a famous kind of porcelain called Qinghua. Qinghua has a history of over thousands of years and uses only blue and white colors.
So, they finally ended up like this. With many other people performing with us, the show ended up successfully. It was also my pride when a newspaper reported this event and took my model as its reporting photos.
Soon afterwards, more people were connected to this kind of amazing heritage. After the show inside our school, we arranged a competition between over 40 schools which enabled us to have more opportunities to share opinions, as well as learning from each other. And without doubts, it spread heritage as well.
Then as for me, this event was exactly the entrance to my heritage road. It’s a nice experience to learn the porcelain’s beauty and history. Also, it provided a desire for me to experience more in this field.
My passion grew as our school provides a nice atmosphere for us. We have museums in the campus, filling with treasure, and festivals to get us closer to Chinese tradition. Besides, as the Chinese world heritage education centre for youth locates in our school, we host to organize a heritage competition between different schools every year. And for me, it’s totally a switching point.
I joined it this year as a volunteer with a wish of learning something new from it. Well, as a volunteer, my job was to lead groups of competitors from one place to another, which enables me to meet more people and have a whole view of the event.
For example, this boy began to study kung fu since he was a baby. All of his family members do it, but different types of it. And at that time, he was standing there to promote it to people from various parts of the world.
The girl was the president of the Opera Club in our school, and she even wrote a script for Kunqu which enabled it to be put on display in Opera House.
And there were many other people who made a map of temples in Beijing by themselves or being tour guides at places of interest and so on.
Inspiring by all of them, I realized that though I was always saying that I loved it, I’ve never done anything of importance. So this time I decided to do something on my own. I thought long and hard about if there’s anything I could do to protect heritage. Luckily, one thing appeared in my mind—the club of World Cultural Heritage.
I set up the club early this term. I’ve made posters to attract more people. And we’ve even had a noon advertising it in the campus. So, as a result, I’ve achieved in having about 20 new comers now. And we’ve already worked out some future plans for the club. For example, we plan to make a video to promote our club and heritage. Besides, I want to make a small competition between classes which we hope will do good to their heritage learning. Besides, I hope it can be an avenue to increase their passion.
In a word, it’s my exploration which gets me into the heritage world while my experience made me want to exceed. And it’s all of these allows me to standing here and address you with all my achievements. According to my case, I hope we can find more ways to protect, or bring other people to protect heritage. I truly believe that with every little step, we will finally do something beyond our imagination. So let’s help each other to make the world a more cultural place.
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