1. Category

8. Local Music and Art Forms

2. Description of "Our Community"

Yilan is situated at northeastern of Taiwan, which has beautiful mountains, delicious water and fresh air. Yilan County Government puts emphasis on traditional crafts and cultural asset preservation, taking advantage of local cultural resources to promote Yilan and stimulate sightseeing. After Hsuehshan Tunnel opened in 2006, it improved the traffic in Yilan. It not only facilitated the east region of Taiwan but also form one-day living circle between Yilan and Taipei. Therefore, Yilan is also called Taipei’s back garden.

Taiwan’s traditional crafts root in the needs of everyday living. The real value of traditional crafts is “people”. Ms. Chen Hueimei, first preserver of entwining art, received approval from the Ministry of Culture, starting her career in National Center for Traditional Arts. Due to the promise and persistence of  Mrs. Hsieh Chen Aiyu, Chen devotes to the preservation and promotion. She not only arouses the government’s notice but also instructs the youth, writes books and establishes the Chinese Entwining Art Association. She does a lot to the international interaction. She makes the entwining art have a new image and new face, and pushes it into the international platform.

3. Summary of Our Project

What is twined flower? Twined flower is a special handicraft in the folk society of Taiwan. Each bride must wear it when she is going to marry. What is “spring flower”? The system of entwining art can be categorized: the Minnan and the Hakka. Each region has developed its own spring flower with distinct features by different geographic location and life culture. The Minnan calls it “spring flower”. It is in a size of about 3 cm. However, the youth think that it is a troublesome tradition, which contains the background of story. The story is about love and youth that the elder want to have.

The westerners use “ring” to represent lifetime protection and promise, which symbolizes forever love. The Chinese use “spring flower” to symbolize the connection and blessing between the elder and the youth. The spring flower worn on the head symbolizes luck and blessing.

However, the industry era makes plastic spring flower boom. This makes the entwining art which has Taiwan traditional color and delicate folk art decline. With the rise of post modernism, people focus on customization and make the entwining art reappear. In terms of the project, we hope to give spring flower a new mark. The new generation reproduces the entanglement of flowers through the inheritance, and at the same time, the twined flowers are pushed to the international market through the rising rookies, so that the traditional entwining art is once again seen by the world, which in turn drives the popularization of the international "tradition and fashion aesthetics".

4. CyberFair Theme

The theme of the CyberFair in 2018 is “Preserve and Unite”, which aims to protect our heritage. It’s one part of our culture, education, aesthetics, encouragement and economics. Being a Taiwanese, we have the mission to introduce the local traditional crafts to the world. The theme of 2019 is “Envision and Unite”, which means a culture or an art needs to be combined with life, pours vitality and energy, and hopes to connect with world. Through exchange, promotion and experience, twined flower could stand on the international platform and view the soft power of Taiwan’s traditional arts. Hence, we choose “Entwining Art” as the theme.

Twined flower is one kind of special handicrafts in Taiwan society. Twined flower was worn on the bride’s head when she got married. It has meaning of sending, inheriting and praying for luck, representing good luck and blessing. Culture is the accumulation of people’s wisdom. The more advanced the technology becomes, the more the traditional culture needs to be preserved. During the interview of first preserver of the skill, Ms. Chen Hueimei, her envision to entwining art is to cultivate the excellent people who can turn traditional arts into creative industry, making the techniques of spring flower be used in life and be combined with fashion.

The most important part of the inheritance of traditional crafts is “people”. That twined flower which can be preserved, inherited, innovated and promoted so far owes to the endeavor and promotion of craftsmen and many people. Due to teaching the skills of twined flower, establishing the association, promoting the entwining art, the Ministry of Culture registered the entwining art as the intangible cultural heritage in 2010. The reason is that entwining art has artistry and particularity, combine with the local people’s life, and show the aesthetics. Besides, the preserved tradition can be combined with the modern innovation. Elaborate art value is shown on the purity.Because the cooperation of the tradition and new generation, the entwining art is not only shown again but also promoted to the world.

5. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home: more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom: more than 10

C. Connection speed used in the classroom: T1 dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet: more than 10

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

The Internet speed (optical fiber) in our school is quite fast. The computer lab we utilize is on the 1st to 8th floor in the newly -built building. There are 15 computer labs. We surf the internet by Cable Modem or ADSL at home. We discuss the project with classmates and teachers by LINE ,Google Classroom and Facebook.

6. Problems We Had To Overcome

During the process of project, we meet some problems. But we learn the skills to solve them. Problems we meet are mentioned below:

(1) Theme discussion:

In the beginning, members have different ideas about the theme. We submit many different themes to discuss. However, we have no consensus. At last, we talk to the instructors again and again. In order to match the theme of CyberFair, we make a decision to focus on the theme about the preservation and innovation of traditional crafts. Then we start to collect the materials.

(2) Information collection:

In the beginning, we are not familiar with the theme. When we gather information, we often gather the irrelevant one. It causes some mistakes and wastes time. Through discussion with teachers and visiting Lin Pei Ying’s exhibition and Ms. Chen Hueimei’s spring flower workshop, we have clear directions and goals of the project.

(3) The skills of making the website:

During the process of making the website, we meet some difficulties. Members discuss the difficulties and find the solution or alternative. We also ask instructors to solve the problems we meet to make the process go smoothly.

(4) Schedule control and teamwork:

In studying the project, we only use leisure time to discuss and arrange the visit on holidays because we have the normal classes and we are from different grades and classes. In the middle of the study, we meet the final exam. Therefore, we just sacrifice our sleep and take advantage of time to finish our own parts. We learn the importance and ways to finish our project because someone who is not responsible for the project will affect other members.

7. Our Project Sound Bite

During these months, we learn the importance of teamwork. Time is limited. The members’ abilities are different. Although each person is responsible for his own part, some members fall behind the schedule. In order to finish the project on time, we help each other. This is the lesson we learn.

Besides, thanks to the instructors, when we have some problems on collecting information, instructors lead us to think about the direction of it. Based on the content, we look for relevant information. We refer to others’ opinions and amend our deficiency to make the project perfect.

During the process, we visit entwining art, interview and DIY. We also pay a visit to the preserver of entwining art, Ms. Chen Hueimei, in Yilan. We realize the importance of thinking of its source. Without her persistence and inheritance, and the junior’s innovation, entwining art can’t be spread out today. Many people innovate and promote entwining art, so we can see the beauty of traditional culture. Therefore, through this website, we want people around the world to see the entwining art.

8. How did your activities and research for this International Schools CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

We use what we had learned from school like related knowledge and computer skills to make the project. We also use many kinds of software to finish the website page and HTML links, so the project can have more special features.

Software and Hardware Recent project and function
Phone, LINE app, Facebook, Cloud service Connecting and sharing the data
Computer labs, Audio-visual classrooms Places to make webpage and group discussion
Smart phones, Digital cameras Record, tape and take photos in fieldwork
Scanners Input paper data to computer and edit
Photoshop, Illustrator Image processing
JQuery, CSS3 animator Animation production
Adobe Dreamweaver Webpage production
Microsoft Office Document processing, Frame diagram
Google Chrome Looking up information
Gmail, USB, Google Drive Data transmission and store
Printers Print out authorization

(1) Phone, LINE app, Facebook, Cloud Service:

We use related communicating equipment to connect team members or store the data we got in cloud drive, Facebook, so we can look up or modify document.

(2) Computer labs, Audio-visual classrooms:

When we make the project or have meetings, we use computer labs or other places at school to discuss the theme and modify the document. And then we use computer to finish project webpage fast.

(3) Smart phones, digital cameras:

We use smart phones, digital cameras to keep every moment when we have fieldwork. We can keep some important information and read it repeatedly to increase the accuracy when we arrange it. Besides, we also take photos, camcorder of the interview to make webpage and share with team members.

(4) Scanners:

We use scanners to input the data to computer. Then we make the information we collect from books or reports more complete.

(5) Computer software and program:

We use software and program we learn from school to reorganize and arrange the information and contents and make this project. Through Microsoft Office, we make the contents of webpage and frame diagram. Through Photoshop, Illustrator and many other Image processing software to finish our photos. Through APP to make video, Dreamweaver to make webpage and jQuery to increase the diversity of the project webpage, it becomes more vivid.

(6) Internet browser:

We collect related reports and videos from the Internet. Then we make use of the internet browser to exam the webpage we design.