Paper lanterns are special kind of lanterns that originate from China and Japan. They are made from paper or silk, with frame from bamboo or wood and a lit candle inside as a source of light.
Traditional paper lanterns were made in the image of myths, things from nature and or in the spirit of local culture. Modern ones have many more different shapes: from traditional dragons to pop icons. They symbolize joy, celebration, good fortune and longevity, and they have role as protectors from evil.
Today paper lanterns are associated with festivals and (for the west) one of the characteristic symbols of the east. During the Lantern Festival in China, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the first moth of the lunar year, people bring many paper lanterns in order to honour the first full moon of the year. Children go with paper lanterns to temples and solve riddles on the lamps. This is the last ritual in the celebrating of Chinese New Year.
During Christmas it is tradition some Hispanic communities to place paper bags with lit candle in it in long rows. That kind of paper lantern is called "farolito" or "luminaria". They are placed with intention to lead spirit of a Christ child to the home of one who placed those lanterns.
The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation's current exhibition features Pinaree Sanpitak, one of Thailand's most prominent contemporary female artists. This is Sanpitak's first solo Australian show. In association with the exhibition the SCAF under its Culture 4 Kids program is holding a Thai Paper Lantern Workshop on Saturday, 29 November 2014 from 11am – 1pm, run by artist, designer, sculptor and prop-maker Kassandra Bossell.
Drawing inspiration from the hanging lanterns of northern Thailand, participants will be taught simple techniques using cane, wire and paper to construct a colourful creature ready to be lit.
The cost of the workshop is $15 per person and even when is recommended for children aged 10years old , adults are very welcome to participate.
Mind that booking is essential as places are limited. For more information you can call 02 9331 1112 or send an email to email@example.com