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The Mending Project by Beili Liu

Here's a great project/art instalation by Chinese artists. Beili Liu. My Modern Met caught up with Beili and spoke about The Mending Project.

"I have worked with needles and thread as installation materials for the last three years or so," she says. "So it seems to be a natural progression to work with scissors and fabric.

"I grew up in China. These traditional scissors are used in each household. There is a warm familiarity about them. I am also attracted to their simple and elegant form. These scissors consist of three simple parts: two extruded iron pieces, and one copper hinge that links them in place.

"Conceptually, I am interested in harnessing the threatening essence of these razor sharp scissors. They are not 'polite' like the ones we are used to. You can use them to cut or stab. Also, in Chinese culture, scissors should never be positioned pointing at anyone, for it will bring ill fortune. They can be sharpened when needed and last a lifetime. On the other hand, they are women's tools, just like sewing is, traditionally, a woman's task in domestic life. I am interested in investigating the power of the humble action of 'mending,' as a woman artist."

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