Report From Yinchuan, China

Posted by Ray Marshall on October 14, 2014 in Making Pop-ups, Paper Blossoms, Pop-Up Book Events, Pop-Up Books |

From October 6th until October 11th I was the guest of some great hospitality in Yinchuan, China.  Yinchuan is in the north of China, up near Inner Mongolia.

Myself, David Carter, and Colette Fu, were there for the second appearance of the traveling pop-up exhibit that began in Shanghai. Over a two week period we read, showed, and made pop-ups with the exhibit attendees.  I was asked to visited two local kindergarten schools and a high school to demonstrate some of my pop-up skills to a new generation of paper engineers.

The day before I left Yinchuan I was invited to attend and present at a special fund raising ceremony for three local children’s charities.  I felt very touched when three copies of “Paper Blossoms” were auctioned off for over six times the recommended retail price!  I also got to personally donate a copy of each of my “Paper Blossoms” books to each of the charities.

The exhibit was organized by Jenny and Oran, two great ladies who run a local children’s library and bookstore.  They told me a story that has become all too familiar to me, that it’s become very hard to compete with online book sales as a local bookstore.  Their library is wonderfully colorful experience for kids.

After showing the exhibit attendees how to make some simple pop-ups we invited children from the local schools to make an entry for our pop-up competition. Simple soon became very elaborate as I saw when I helped judge the entries on the last day.

Yinchuan is known as “Phoenix City” after a mythological story tells how a phoenix saves the city from war by turning itself into a city.  The are many references to the phoenix all over town.  Because of this connection I made a special phoenix pop-up for Jenny and Oran, and presented it to them for their library.

One of the highlights of my trip was going to Helan Mountain to see first hand the centuries old rock carvings adorning the mountain.

I hope to get more pictures of the actual event sent to me soon – stay tuned!

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