Stanley Ho East Asia College (SHEAC) organises a series of seal carving workshops to introduce the traditional Chinese culture and basic techniques of seal carving. Students were taught to design and create their own seals in the classes.
The College invited Ms. Ho Weng Chi, Gigi, a Chinese calligraphy and seal carving artist, to teach two types of carving methods, respectively, the “red” seal and the “white” seal. Firstly, Gigi demonstrated the basic carving skills. After the participants decided the Chinese characters and designed the layout of their seals, the teacher guided us to copy the seal design onto the seal surface by dropping some nail polish onto a piece of paper photocopied with the seal design. Then, to create the seal is to carve out the parts without any ink copied from the scratch.
The first two sessions featured the “red” seal carving. Dipped in a red ink pad and then stamped on a white paper, the lines of the characters are printed in red. Due to more technical processes involved, Gigi chose a small seal stone for students to carve one character. Each of the seals was charmingly attached with a string so that it could become a necklace. In the third and fourth classes, students learned to create “white” seals (the characters would be shown with its background in the ink colour such as red). Since this method requires no border processing, the techniques are simpler. Participants carved three or four characters, and applied the wax seal to do the stamp, giving a fusion of Chinese and Western traditions.
Students were very careful when carving, as if a mistake is made, one will need to wear away the original layer to make the scratch and carve it all over again. During the four nights, not only did the students gain a better understanding of the traditional Chinese art through practice, but they also made unique seals of their own that can be used in the future. In addition, because of the level of focus required during carving, students also cultivated higher levels of patience and perseverance, and found a moment of serenity.By: Communication Working Group of SHEAC House Association Li Zhidong, Wallace, Economics Year 1 (English) Sun Tuo, Tony, Mathematics Year 1 (Chinese)
同學們在雕刻時都小心翼翼，怕萬一刻錯了，就只能磨掉一層從頭再來。在此四個充實的晚上，大家不但通過實踐認識了中國源遠流長的藝術，收穫了自己製作並且日後可以使用的獨一無二的印章，更由於專注於方寸之間的石頭，培養了一定的耐性和恆心，或可暫時忘卻煩憂，找回一點寧靜。何鴻燊東亞書院學生會通訊工作組 數學系一年級學生 孫拓 (中文) 經濟系一年級學生 李植棟 (英文)