Friday, January 27, 2012

FMTSO: Delicate

" Delicate: Show us the delicate side of town! The dancers, the flowers, architectural ornaments..that is our subject this week. "

On Sunday, I went to Sentosa Island for the annual flower show  to welcome the Chinese New Year. Thousands of flowers blooming , with several animals from the Chinese zodiac were also being displayed, made entirely of flowers- very DELICATE works involved using the DELICATE Chrysanthemums and Carnations.

This is the year of the dragon- the animal is associated with good luck, longevity and wisdom. The symbol in between the dragons is the logo of the Resort World Sentosa.




And of course no garden would be completed without the beautiful butterflies with their DELICATE wings, too DELICATE, they are prone to being torn!


Another small and DELICATE animal in the garden.

 Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi - the cut outs are  used to decorate doors and windows during the Chinese New Year which fell on the 23rd and 24th January.
There are two methods of manufacture: one use scissors, the other use knives. In the scissor method, several pieces of paper — up to eight — are fastened together. The motif is then cut with sharp, pointed scissors.
Knife cuttings are fashioned by putting several layers of paper on a relatively soft foundation consisting of a mixture of tallow and ashes. Following a pattern, the artist cuts the motif into the paper with a sharp knife which is usually held vertically. Skilled crafters can even cut out different drawings freely without stopping. Very intricate process and DELICATE outcome!

To see more photos on DELICATE, click on the FMTSO's banner above..


Ranu said...

such beautiful flowers!!! Love all the pics and the flower arrangements.

DawnTreader said...

What a wonderful display of delicate things. The flower arrangements are beautiful, I love butterflies (and I have taken photos of a few with torn wings myself), and I'm very much impressed and intrigued by the paper cutting!

moni sertel said...

Dear Jama,
thank you for so much colorfull flowers und the other great pictures.
Nice day

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Kim, USA said...

That is real delicate. I love the colors too. Happy weekend!

Bagman and Butler said...

Once again you entice me to bring my camera to Singapore. It seems that delicacy is the basis of art there. And the butterflies of course.

GingerV said...

I love the beija flor ((they kiss flower)) or hummingbird made of flowers. that would be very delicate work. loved your story.

Pauline said...

It's hard to imagine the patience and hard work that went into those first three! Such delicate beauty. The paper cutting is fascinating!

Ann said...

love the flower show, if only not so hot.

I like flower in natural state.

J9 said...

The paper cutting is beautiful!

Suzy said...

Lovely selection. I love the hummingbird.