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This is another decoration that commemorates my grandfather who passed away. I sewed twelve jade in a circle around his portrait as a depiction of protecting him from bad spirits. It is believed that the North American Indians used the idea of laying stones in a circle for honoring and protecting the nature and human beings. It is identified as the medicine wheel. I wanted to incorporate Western and Eastern culture to my work in order to memorialize my grandfather in a unique way. The jade that I used originally belonged to my grandfather. Collecting jade was his favorite hobby and he had hundreds of jade collection. He often gave jade to my mother because he believed she wore it nicely. He considered jade as a special stone that not many people could carry it well. After he passed away, my mother has been wearing the jade necklace he got for her because this precious gift makes her feel like he will always be by her side when she wears it. I mimicked his handkerchief because in my Chinese culture the meaning of gift-giving handkerchiefs indicates saying goodbye to someone. I wanted to use this idea as a representation of saying a proper goodbye to him since I regretted that I could not attend to his funeral. The frame is suspended in a diamond shape because it symbolizes peace which came from the design of one of the Chinese red paper banners they hang on the wall during Chinese New Year. My aim of this project was to capture the image of my grandfather in the most intimate way in order to show how much my family and I missed him. I believed embroidery was the most suitable technique for representing my concept.
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