Singapore Contemporary Young Artists

Playing With & For The Community

Chinese Paper-Cutting Workshop

Chinese Paper-cutting is a unique Chinese handicraft. Originated from the 6th century when it was common for the women to attach golden and silver foil cuttings onto their hair and the men to use them during religious rituals, it has then moved on to be used for decorative purposes during festivals.

SCYA kick-started the month of February with a beginner’s workshop on Chinese Paper-cutting at Kampong Chai Chee Community Centre, nestled in a peaceful area at Bedok North. The rather quiet  lazy Sunday morning was livened up by unique individuals; enthusiastic aunties –  they brought their own paper-cutting materials and actually taught us a little ‘something-something’ about paper cutting as well – soft-spoken ladies who have a quiet talent for paper-cutting, and young children who are just keen on learning this Chinese handicraft for the coming Chinese New Year.

We prepared a few simple templates for them to choose from and work on, and we allowed some creative freedom for them to improvise on the designs of the template. From just 2 hours of this workshop, we got to see some pretty results, even from the newbies!

SCYA always finds it essential to inculcate values through the appreciation and practice of the arts. For this Chinese Paper-cutting workshop, our focus is on strengthening cultural values and preservation within the community. We love it that during this festive season, Chinese families and communities still maintain the discipline to put up Chinese decorations in their homes and public spaces. In an ever-progressing society that is evidently westernized, it is essential that the respective cultures that make Singapore what she is remain distinctive and alive.

With that, SCYA wishes all of our Chinese friends a Happy Chinese New Year! We hope everyone would focus more on the significance and the festivities of this New Year (rather than how big your ang bao will be – excuse you).







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Singapore Contemporary Young Artists Project (SCYA) is a non-profit Art Society that highlights Contemporary Art by Young Artists in Singapore through several platforms in exhibitions, websites, talks, workshops & commissioned services. SCYA was initiated by Jacquelyn Soo who is an artist, curator and director for SCYA. SCYA has over 10 members in the society contributing ideas, activities to support the organisation. SCYA represents up to 70 Singaporean/PR Artists in their works. SCYA launched their first project in Nov 2008 with a website collaboration with FIVEFOOTWAY that featured 23 Contemporary Young Artists Portfolios on an interactive website. Since then, SCYA have had several collaborations and events organised with corporations, government institutions, NGOS and education institutions, Please visit our website for more details: Like us on Facebook! Thank you!

One comment on “Chinese Paper-Cutting Workshop

  1. Michelle
    January 18, 2017


    May I know if you conduct such workshop outside? we would like to hold the workshop in our club for our members.

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