While in Kunming, I met A-Ling, a young woman from the southwest part of Yunnan Province, near Myanmar. We met at a dinner with a number of American Expatriates living in Kunming…..her husband is American.
We talked a bit about her fiber art (thru her husband since she doesn’t speak a lot of English and my Mandarin is non-existent). They invited me to visit their home the next day and see some of her work. Before I walked to her home, I looked at her website and saw some of the wonderful bags that she makes to sell. This glimpse into her craft did not prepare me for what I would see.
She is currently making fiber art using “snippets” of fabric. These are applied to the background canvas using a rice flour mixture. On some, a small amount of stitching is added.
Here are a few of her wonderful pieces……
This was my favorite piece and was one of the first that A-Ling made using this technique……
Look at the intricate shading that she is achieving on this work in progress……..
It was an eye-opening experience to meet A-Ling and to see her work!!!!