Chinese Paper Boats containing ‘secret messages’ to unknown mothers at the Essex Book Festival

Chinese Paper Boats containing ‘secret messages’ to unknown mothers at the Essex Book Festival

Do you remember when we were young, and would make little origami boats? Not long ago, MBL organised for a group of Chinese children to make 1000 boats containing written messages to unknown mothers. With the help of our volunteers, these were brought to the UK, and the Essex Book Festival.

All hand-made by Chinese children, these paper boats are extra special because they contain ‘secret messages’ to unknown mothers.

On 31 March – Mother’s Day in the UK – MBL co-founder Xinran visited the Essex Book Festival to celebrate with Festival organisers and friends. These 1000 boats were transformed into a ’Mothership Installation’ by local artist Elaine Tribley at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. Festival organiser Ros Green said that MBL’s boats had touched many visitors. The Mothership really captured people’s attention, with many hoping the Installation could stay on for at least another month!

Ros also proposed collecting boats from other parts of the world, and exhibiting in other places. Because in this digital age, it is even more important for family affection to be conveyed through art and culture.

We are very grateful to the MBL China Volunteer Centre, the MBL Suzhou team, and MBL’s three international branches for organising both the making of the boats and bringing them to the UK. We thank them for their hard work and dedication!

英国埃塞克斯艺术节上的中国小纸船

还记得小时候我们用纸折叠的小船吗?不久前,母爱桥MBL组织中国孩子们折叠的1000只写着祝福母亲的小纸船由志愿者带到了英国,带到了英国埃塞克斯艺术节。

这些纸船由中国的小朋友们手工折制,纸船的特别之处是,小朋友们在折叠小船之前,在折纸的背面写上了给母亲的一句“悄悄话”。

3月31日,2019英国母亲节之日,母爱桥创建者之一的薛欣然女士赶往Essex Book Fair,与当地文化团体庆祝母亲节。

母爱桥加盟埃塞克斯艺术节的“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船”被艺术家Elaine Tribley设计成“亲子艺术流”展示在Chelmsford城市剧场。

据埃塞克斯艺术节的组织者Ros Green介绍,来自母爱桥中国孩子们的“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船”感动了众多来访者。人们络绎不绝,赞叹留影,并希望继续保留母爱桥的“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船组成的亲子艺术流”展,至少再多展示一个月!

Ros Green 还提议征集更多国家儿童的“献给世界母亲的心语小船”,并且在更多的地区巡展。因为在数字化的时代中,家庭亲情的交流更需文明艺术的传载和传承。

感谢母爱桥MBL中国志愿者中心、母爱桥“字里行间”苏州团队,以及母爱桥三支国际团队的激情合作!是他们组织中国孩子们折叠了这些纸船并带到了英国,感谢他们的无私付出!