I have decided to change my inquiry project. My previous project wasn't working for me; I wasn't interested as I thought I was in the original topic. I changed it to the embroidery, and I'm considering whether to choose the process/creation of it or the economic aspect. Though it's already almost 2 weeks into Microcampus, I plan to work super hard on it, and I think I can get the project done properly with support from all of you. Please comment with ideas and any form of help you can offer! Thank you, I really appreciate it.
I returned to Happy Embroidery, a shop where embroidery is made and sold. I just wandered for an hour, asking questions to Ms. Li, who works and teaches at the shop. She's extremely friendly, and I plan to return there tomorrow. She offered to teach me how to embroider a basic flower; I'm seriously looking forward to it. I saw a bunch of embroidery for sale. There was work done by students, which was cheaper, smaller, and not as complicated. And there was embroidery done by people with over a decade of experience, such as Ms. Li herself, which was extrordinarily beautiful. I went into a back room, where there wasn't work from students, but only larger, more delicate pieces. There will be more updates coming soon on my re-written inquiry project pages (Phase 0-2). I also found out that the building is about 70 years old, but some of the woodcarvings on the building was removed/destroyed in the cultural revolution, I assume because embroidery was considered for the 'wealthy class'. But the business restarted again, partly because the owner wanted to give the Bai girls a chance to learn a skill other than farming.
I guess the Happy Embroidery shop will be my 'classroom' for the next two weeks. I hope I get to meet the owner and get to know Ms. Li more. Overall, I think this is an interesting new opportunity, and I only hope I can complete all my work. Cheers to everyone who's willing to work with me for the next two weeks!
Picture One: Ms. Li embroidering a blue lotus flower
Picture Two: Silk thread
Picture Three: A finished piece