Hengshui, Hebei province: Dough figurines “sprout tigers” to welcome Chinese New Year

2022-04-27 0 By

Dough figurines, commonly known as dough flowers and flower cakes, are traditional Chinese folk handicrafts.Using flour as the main material (clay is now also used), artists mix the ingredients into different colors and use hand pinches and simple tools to create lifelike images.Zhang Mengjun, the representative inhertor of hengshui City level intangible cultural heritage “Taocheng Dough Figurines”, has such a pair of skillful hands to give the dough a “shining moment” during kneading.Zhang mengjun started making dough figurines when she was 16 years old. Over the past 40 years, she has carried the skill forward.In 2019, “Taocheng Dough figurine” was selected as hengshui Municipal intangible cultural Heritage, and Zhang Mengjun became the representative inheritor of this skill.She seeks inspiration in life and blends her own feelings into her creation. She uses her works to eulogize The Times, praise life, eulogize truth, goodness and beauty, and transfer positive energy, so that her works also have thoughts and soul.Spring Festival eve, the reporter walked into Zhang Mengjun’s home.Walking into her home is like entering a colorful fairy tale world.She is like a magician, knead the clay of different colors in the hand, rub, knead, minute gives them the clever life, even if only the size of finger belly, also quite have thought-giving charm and interest.For the year of the Tiger, Zhang mengjun has created dozens of tiger dough figurines in various forms. She is a creative artist and has incorporated her knowledge of painting and the folk image of a tiger pillow into her dough figurines.In modeling, she focuses on highlighting the head of the animal, using exaggerated deformation techniques, so that the work is clear in priority, full of beauty and vitality;In color, after shaping the body with monochrome, and then supplemented with bright color highlight the body and focus, so that the work is vivid and fresh, unique.Over the years, Zhang Mengjun has won many honors through his efforts. He also went abroad many times with his works to show the charm of Chinese folk culture.For Zhang Mengjun, he is extremely lucky and happy to find and keep doing what he loves.For more than 40 years, Zhang Mengjun has always been a staunch “shou artist”. She used her hands to express the beauty of the people, and continued the legend of Hengshui culture…