1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
*Desktop computers and one laptop computer:Making web pages, uploading pictures, integrating information
*Software (Flash, Photoshop, PhotoImpact, Dreamweaver 4, Word, CDex V1.05, and so on) ):These pieces of software made it easier for us to make web pages.
*The Internet:Filling out the Process Report, searching for related information on inkstones, viewing and emulating the CyberFair projects in the past.
*Floppy disks:Storing data and pictures
*Two pocket disks:A good tool for classifying and arranging the data.
*External harddisks :Storing data and pictures
*External CD Burners :Storing data and pictures
*One digital voice recorder :Recording the interview to prevent from forgetting the contents and help gathering more information.
*Three digital cameras :Taking pictures for the project
*Scanners :Scanning the printed data and information.
*Printers :Printing out the information first to facilitate editing.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
(1)Little Reporters (to interview in person) : Through the interview and interact with Master Dong Zuo to get the first hand information. At the forefront to understand the difficulty of making inkslab and to witness the birth of a masterpiece from Master Dong Zuo's hands.
(2)Little Inkslab Teacher (to experience of making inkstone) : From picking up a stone from the riverbed to finish his or her final product of inkslab; According to what we have been taught by Master Dong Zuo, we set out to make our own inkslab so as to realize the difficulty in making one.
(3)Little Lecturers : After a period of time, every team member has acquired certain knowledge about Luosishih inkstone . Team members then undertake the job of promoting the culture of Luosishih inkstone in school, by letting more people understand the value of their own culture treasures.
(4)Research Experts (to collect information) : Apart from our first hand information, we still need to do some research on the Internet and books in order to verify all the data. For that reason Internet and Reference Libraries became a new world for us , and we were able to compare our first hand information with the search results from Internet and books and choose the correct ones. It is also an effective way of showing the information to more people via Internet.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Last semester, in the art and liberal art course, the 5 th and 6 th graders had the chance to visit Mr. Tung Tso's workshop. Even though all of us grew up in Ershuei, when Mr. Tung Tso asked us if we have ever visited his workshop before, no one raised his hand. It was a complicated feeling, but I don't know how to express it. I was thinking, if the local people had little understanding about the culture of their hometown, how could them demand people outside the town to pay attention to it. The study of Loshi ink stones allowed us to appreciate the beauty of Loshi ink stones and also calm our souls. The local spirit and the conscious of the community is so close to us.
During our interviews, we discovered and were moved by the passion, devotion, persistence, and worries over cultural heritage of every ink stone carving master. They adhered to the persistence of an artist and their ideal, and spared no efforts to the creation of ink stone works. With their skills and innovations, they could turned cold stones into astonishing works and further enhance ink stones from a stationery item to an artistic work, from a practical item to a work for appreciation. The efforts made were only intended to root the culture of ink stone carving into the soil of Ershuei as well as the hearts of the next generation.
Artists are human too. They must care about the most basic daily problems, we must pay attention to. There are many amateur ink stone carving masters in Ershuei, but why can't they fully devote themselves into ink stone carving? The reason is unstable income, and they can't find a balance between interest and economic problems. This is really a signal of warning for the artistic and cultural heritage. This has given us a chance to contemplate; while we are much satisfied in various way, we must feel grateful and contented with the environment we are in.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Looking back at the entire research process, we must admit that without our teachers' instructions and assistance, we might not be able to finish this first research in our lives. Because of their explicit support, we could grow amid the highs and lows. So we'd like to express our innermost gratitude to our teachers. Thank you.
*Ink Stone Carving Masters : Mr. Wu Wen-fu, Chang Hung-pin, Chang Fang-chieh, Chang Yin-hsien, Tung Wen-ping, Tung Tso, Tung Yin-fang, Tsai Lung-hsiung, Hsieh Chung-yi (in the order of strokes) We really thank them for their assistance and teaching, allowing us to carry out the project smoothly, learn some artistic knowledge, and experience more of the cultural heritage.
*School Teachers : Principal Hsu Hsiao-ling, Director Hsieh Tien-yu, Ms. Lin Shiao-feng, Ms. Su Jia-ling, and Mr. Kuo Shu-yuan. They have been with us throughout the project, always providing professional knowledge about ink stones and all kinds of information related to computer and digital devices. Whenever we encountered any trouble, it was always right for us to ask them for help. Besides, when we were down, they would show up at the right time and encourage us.
*People in the Community : Mr. Shen Chien-hua, Pi-Chao's mother, Chen-Yun's mother, Chia-Li's father, Yi-Ting's father, En-Ru's father, and Chien-Wen's auntie. Because of their support and assistance, every interview was carried out successfully and smoothly. And whenever we had any problem, we could ask these parents first.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
* The Meaning of Life: “Life is to love and develop a unique person, implement and live in a harmonious relation with the world.” We discovered this characteristic from the ink carving masters. They love the work they engage in. From carrying the stones on the Chuoshuei riverbed to fantasizing various ideas, they just focus their belief on a slab of ink stone.
* Visiting Art: Without this CyberFair project, we might not be able to appreciate the outstanding works by so many masters. When each master introduced their works, we could hear exclamations all the time, praising the creation and skills of these masters. And we also couldn't help but dream to make the same kind of work one day. In the process, in addition to Loshi ink stones, we had deeper understanding about art. We wanted to know more about it, and even introduce it to our friends.
* Cooperation, Tolerance, and Appreciation: Since we participated in the CyberFair contest, we've experienced highs and lows, happiness and hardness. From the initial data collection, preparation for interviews, organization after school, process report and teachers' reminders, each step was so fulfilled. Without the encouragement of each member, we could have given up. In our discussions, sometimes we had different opinions. If everyone insisted and couldn't accept others' opinions, this study could have been stalled. Thanks to our sufficient communication, we could accept others' opinions. In the second half of the study, we collected, carved, and polished the stones ourselves. We were not skillful, but we all knew we were the best. Thanks to all the supports and encouragement. Our friendship will be more solid, because we share a unique memory.