例如：2013-0427-藝術 由愛開始-Love Dogs (探討與動物的關係、並以團隊創作提供義賣捐助動保團體…)
2013-0928-MINI ME迷你我-紙作工作坊 (透過與志工朋友的探索對答、為彼此個性著色、兩者心靈的連結與展現…)
2014-0615-身體探索旅程 (特別寫這個是因為很喜歡那天老師帶領的方式，從每一個肢體接觸過程的牽引與彩繪，到最後還讓孩子與志工有相互按摩的小時光！希望讓孩子體認人們相處都是互相尊重與幫助，沒有誰本來就應該為誰做什麼，真的很難忘那天的活動 )
S: 非常喜歡孩子享受在課程活動時發自內心開心的笑容，小小手掌握著奔放的畫筆(or something else)，小小臉蛋與專注的眼神，都能讓我透過小觀景窗強烈地感受到孩子的喜悅。當然還有與志工朋友互動的過程，那總是能完全融化我無數次，直到修片的時候都還會笑著回味。
NEIGHBORHOOD INTERVIEW｜Starry (YoYo) Cheng
If you’ve been a fan of Bright Side Project’s photography, chances are that Starry was the one responsible for the heartwarming photo. Starry is the main photographer for Bright Side Projects and serves on our Board of Directors. She has been with Bright Side Projects since December 2012 and is one of our most treasured friends.
Her photography manages to capture the spirit and pure essence of what Bright Side is about. During the interview, the workshops out of the 50 we’ve hosted that she mentions as her favorite also happen to be my favorite. She is one of the most beautiful souls that I know and have had the honor of meeting in the past few years so I hope you will come meet us at our events!
Daisy: How and when did you find out about Bright Side Projects and what made you want to get involved？
Starry: In the winter of 2012, my friend Jia-Chi invited me to head up to the mountains for an art class with indigenous kids. This was the first time I came to know Bright Side Projects. I have volunteered before when I was still a student in college and hoped that when I started working after graduation I could continue. I especially love children so whenever Bright Side has an event I try my best to go and hope that I can build a symbiotic relationship with the children based on mutual trust.
D: You have been visiting the kids in ChingChuan for almost three years, how does it feel to see them growing up before your eyes?
S: Each and every time I go back, I always feel like I’ve become their real sister. Although we do not meet often, each time I go back we immediately reconnect. I feel awash with warmth because kids always welcome you with open arms and trust. Sometimes when I see kids have some scars on their bodies it breaks my heart.
Some of the kids also maintain a sense of unfamiliarity and one can reflect on what part does one play in a child’s memory. Regardless of how small of a fragment we may be on their road in life, I hope that our influence can be a positive and joyful one.
D: What are your favourite classes that you’ve participated in or shot with Bright Side Projects?
S: I remember the first time when I joined it was the “Artistic Expression Through Motion” workshop in ChingChuan. That time kids explored their home environment to select and create a drawing of an object. Then they would used their own bodies to “express” the drawing and also through other group games. I felt that the workshop was very thoroughly planned and had a lasting impression on me. In regards to my favorite class, my answer would have to be the ones that really let kids have self-introspection to explore who they are and also give them a chance to ask questions or express themselves. If kids can manifest unique ideas derived from their own thought process at the same time respecting ideas of team members, in addition to absorbing workshop’s content and goal, I believe this builds a meaningful purpose for them.
2013 4/27 “Advocacy through Art” – Love Dogs ( discussion of our relationship with animals, create art and works as a team for charity sales to help animal welfare organizations)
2013 9/28 “Mini Me” Paper Workshop – working with Big Friends asking each other questions and getting to know each others personalities. For the working pair, it really provided a direct view into each of our souls.
2014 6/15 Movement Exploration Journey – I’m pointing this one out because I loved how the teacher led the course that day, from every physical contact to the painting process, to when children and Big Friends ended the day with a mini massage session. Hope that children in understanding their own bodies will also respect and help others. There were no set rules or constrictions and freedom of movement, this was an unforgettable course!
2014 11/2 Day of the Dead – Learning about new cultures, learning how to respect and tolerate difference, discussion on how to face different obstacles in life.
D: What type of photo or moment in Bright Side workshops do you try to capture?
S: I love capturing moments when children are expressing their inner happiness so that a smile lights up on their glowing faces. During classes I also take pictures of their hands grasping onto a paintbrush, instrument, or other tools. I take these type of photos because seeing their small faces with concentrating eyes makes me feel that it’s a small window into the child’s pure unadulterated joy. And of course I love the interaction between Big Friends and the kids, these moments have melted my heart countless times. Every time I look through images for final selection it brings a smile to my face and takes me back to that moment.
D: Why do you keep coming back to ChingChuan or Bright Side Projects events?
S: My last two years in college didn’t leave my much time to get involved in the community which was a shame. It saddened me to feel that a link had been broken. When you engage in the lives of others, hearts become interconnected so being unable to turn back time for missed opportunities left me regretful. So after I graduated I began participating in more events and hope that I can develop long term friendships.
Gaining the trust of a child is very precious and from interactions one can draw a source of strength and vitality. In addition Bright Side workshops are always evolving with fresh new content and creativity, with many things to learn. Although in each workshop it may seem I only can do so much, these efforts are incubated and the compilation over the years is really what is significant. I’m very thankful that I got to know Bright Side Projects which was able to let me, in a way, make up in a small way for my past. I’m also grateful that they continue to provide stable art & cultural curriculum to children from different backgrounds. Since my profession is in a similar field, being able to assist with my know-how is also really fulfilling. Bright Side also tries to transmit or raise awareness on various positive ideas regarding gender relations, social issues, interest in cultural aspects, etc are the reasons for my motivation for why I continue to support Bright Side Projects.
D: What are your hopes for the children or what you can do?
S: Since we’ve met and have experienced a part of life together, we will affect each other whether it’s a small ripple or a larger wave. I hope that my presence alongside of them as they grow will be beneficial that provides each one with strength to face what curveballs life may throw in their direction. If I can be a catalyst for positive change/enhancement to someone’s behavior, that would exceed my expectations. Of course I certainly don’t believe I’m that exceptional so I think the manner in which I teach and share my knowledge is more important. Learning how to be there for children as a companion without thwarting their independence, adversely affecting their thinking or hindering them is something I’m continuously learning. For example, in the course of a workshop do not directly dictate to them what needs to be done but give them room for growth in their decision making process.
Explore our website for more images from Starry Cheng and do come get to know us in person!
鄭又綺 Starry Cheng (YoYo)
Fu Jen Catholic University, Department of Applied Art. Studied Visual Communication. Occupation as a graphic designer.
Since graduation, Starry has volunteered in cultural arts related events through the academic system. She currently spends time with Taiwanese indigenous kids, mutually learning and building a relationship with them. To this day she fervently hopes to contribute and become a more integral part of society. Although she is unsure whether short-term involvement in the lives of the children will make an everlasting impact, Starry hopes by spending more time and growing alongside them that her love and warmth will inject happiness and positivity into their lives and into society.
Being a witness to intimate interactions between peoples and capturing the moment on image is her passion.
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