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!
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。
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。