With just a pair of scissors, some needles, cattails and 10 to 20 minutes of your time, do you know that you can create some straw insects for the delight of the young and the young at heart!
According to straw plaiting teacher Yu Guanglei, “Except for prick, tie, seam and stick, we always start from weaving part (of the subject) to smaller ones.”
“And we will find inspiration from Chinese ink wash painting,” he added.
Learning straw plaiting can also help kids become more focused in a creative and fun way.
Chen Yue, a student of Yu’s demonstrated making a mantis using palm trees.
“I started from its belly, the neck, and then its head,” she said, adding that it only took her around 20 minutes to finish it.
Another student, Li Zi-yu, said she could make a cyprinoid (a type of carp) within 15 minutes.
According to her, coloring is the hardest step. If she doesn’t do it right, she feels that her teacher may discard her work.
To ensure that the straw plaiting caricatures are as lifelike as possible, Yu said he also encourages kids to go outside to observe the subjects they are making.