1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Our team first got in touch with the restorer by phone and email for the following interviews; then by personally visiting and interviewing the restorers in the National Palace Museum and National Taiwan Museum. We designed the questionnaire, hoping to understand more about the public's awareness of artifact restoration. Our team hopes to let more people know about the work content and importance of the restorers through this project and website, and furthermore to let people notice that someone works extremely hard behind the beautiful paintings.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Through this project, we look forward to understanding more about the behind-the-scenes workers of any museum -- artifact restorers. We hope that this website we create will let more people around the world understand the rigor and the importance of artifact restorers. It is not difficult to see artifacts on television or in magazines, but not many people actually have a deep understanding of the heroes behind artifacts. We are grateful that CyberFair enabled us to research and learn about what keeps ancient cultures alive -- artifact restorers. This is what sets us apart from others. Our website can act as a hub of information for the complex job that artifact restorers have to go through every day. We encourage all people to cherish every artifact that went through a cumbersome process and such a complex work for artifact restorers. We also welcome people from all over the world to experience and learn about the National Palace Museum and our extensive culture. This project allowed us to interview artifact restorers face-to-face and learn about the sacred process of artifact restoration. In addition, we set up a survey to interact with our community, generating feedback on the level of understanding about artifact restoration as well as promoting artifact conversation. To conclude, CyberFair provided us an excellent learning opportunity.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
The main reason our website turned out the way it is now is because of the contributions, advice, and help given by many people. Most credit should be given to the parents and teachers who helped us and lead us since day one. Our hardworking parents dedicated their time to help us the best they can, including scheduling appointments and classes, giving valuable comments and of course, emotional support. Furthermore, our teachers gave us plenty of advice and aided us along the way. They helped us develop and draft out our thoughts, changing ideas to actual work. We are especially grateful to our instructors, Ms. Sharon Huang and Mr. Chin for the hard work they invested to make our project better. We also sought help from people around us. We asked our friends and families about ways we could improve our web page and whether our content could be easily understood. Even the smallest advice given to us helped us improve and make our website more polished. Moreover, we sent out surveys and questionnaires via the Internet, as you can see in Link 1 and 2. Without these people willing to take a few minutes of their precious time, we would not be able to collect the data we have now. Not enough words can be used to describe how thankful we are, and our project could not be complete without them. From teachers to parents to friends, even the smallest of actions and suggestions made a difference to our project. And here, we, The Inheritors, thank all of you.
Link 1: Interactive Quiz: https://restorer.online/en/quiz.htm Link 2: Survey Analysis: https://restorer.online/en/analysis.htm
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
After our research and interview, did we realize that unlike the artworks of the West, Chinese calligraphy and paintings are all expressed on rice paper, so the restoration of these artifacts requires much more delicate and painstaking methods? But the most exciting and unforgettable experience would be the time when Dr. Hong introduced and described the restoration processes to us, which is just like having a conversation with the artist himself. When he showed us the actual interior of the artworks, we realized that it is quite different from the exterior! Dr. Hong shared with us that, once, he took half a year to restore an artwork called Jing Chun Tu by Castiglione. When he carefully cut open the backside of the artwork, he discovered a great secret! He discovered that Castiglione first colored the backside of the painting, just like so in the Jing Chun Tu, where he put white powder behind the red rooster in the painting. This kind of painting skill would let the whole painting seem more vibrant, and prevent paint from flaking off. This is a message that cannot be received from only looking at the front side of the painting!