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Looking China: Peace by Piece


10-20-2017 15:30 BJT

Full coverage: ‘看中国’外国青年影像计划专题

By CCTV.com Panview

Editor's foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation. The program focuses on the young participants’ personal experiences of Chinese culture and encourages them to discover and tell Chinese stories from their own perspectives.

As of the year 2017, students from all over the world were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 12 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of "Craftsmanship·Inheritance·Innovation.”

The short movie "Peace by Piece", directed by Kathleen Mann and produced by Xu Xiaolei, brings us to the life of Li Haiming, an cloisonne enamel artist who lives in China's northwestern city Lanzhou. He was inspired by the paintings of Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu and obsessed with its texture and heavy colors. Therefore, he decided to paint a unique cloisonne fresco.

There are basically three steps to make a piece of cloisonne enamel artwork. The first step is to draw the map, the second step is to pinch the filigrees and stick them to the map, the next step is called the color of cloisonne. The artist said the most difficult part is not painting itself, but whether you have the patience. It's a test of your endurance, without patience, one would never accomplish a great piece of cloisonne enamel artwork.

Apart from career success, Li Haiming also has a happy family, his wife proposed to Li when he didn't have much money, she said she just enjoys his company and love is more important than bread.

Li believes persistence is the key to success, after all,good things never come easy.

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