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NEVER TOO OLD TO HAVE FUN
老有所樂

「年紀大,手腳慢?」這句說話若是要套用到今期Chessman Post所介紹這位來自日本的老婆婆身上,似乎是毫不適用。活到老,學到老,年屆九十才開始學習拼貼,作品細緻靈動的風格,成功吸引一眾網民目光,更讓大眾知道,銀髮族心靈手更巧,絕對不是「手腳慢」。

一幅幅以舊報紙拼貼出的畫作,驟眼看還以為是水彩畫,細緻精巧的拼貼質感、乾淨純粹的用色、生動活潑的風格,實在治癒人心。創作出如此精巧的拼貼畫的竟是一個已經九十歲的老婆婆,她於今年一月才開始自學拼貼,現時已創作出多幅精緻的作品。製作拼貼畫是老婆婆現今的精神寄託,她的丈夫於去年11月尾離世,女兒擔心她的心情受影響,被孤單感侵襲,因而建議她嘗試剪紙拼貼,想不到這樣竟把她骨子裡的藝術天賦激發出來。

最初只是抱著試一試的心態,於短短兩個月期間便成功創造出讓人驚歎的作品。作為漫畫家的孫女特地為她開設Twitter帳號(Setsu0107),上載拼貼過程及作品,紀錄創作點滴。其貼近生活的題材吸引了大批網民追蹤,獲得熱烈迴響。現在她每天都會花大約六小時製作一幅新作品,每幅作品都經過一番精心設計,先以鉛筆把腦海裡的靈感和想法畫出來,然後從平日收集而來的「寶藏」中選取要用的材料,再以鉗子一片一片地貼上。

「選的時候超快樂,像從珠寶盒中選取珠寶的感覺。」平日老婆婆在報紙上發現喜歡的圖片,便會把它們剪下來,細心地區分冷暖色系,並把它們存放於兩個盒子内。也許有人會認為此舉十分耗時,然而老婆婆卻樂在其中,有時甚至會過於集中,動起手來便廢寢忘餐。興趣是找尋快樂的起點,無論在人生哪一個階段,我們都不應放棄找尋自己的興趣,做自己喜歡的事,才有動力面對生活。

撰文:許佩琳
美術:王曉澄

Do people slow down when they are getting old? Not at all. The 90 years old Japanese grandma named Setsu proves that people do not get weaker or slower just because they are getting older. Instead, she is aging well and being both physically and emotionally healthy. The old lady started to learn how to do collage at the age of 90, and the meticulously detailed drawings show that old people are not clumsy at all.

You may mistakenly think that the pictures in front of you are watercolor paintings at first sight because of the smooth surface and simple and primitive style. The warm and comfortable colors have a comforting effect as well. The talented artist of these artwork are created by a 90-year-old Japanese grandma. She has been creating paper collages from torn newspaper since January this year and now she has created an accumulated amount of beautiful collage paintings already. She is committed to doing torn paper collage as it helps her to get rid of loneliness after the death of her husband in November 2018. Her daughter suggested her to start doing newspaper torn paper collage to cope with her grief and as a way to occupy herself while keeping her mind active. Her family had never imagined that it would become one of her daily rituals, and there’s exceptional artistic talent in her.

Setsu learnt everything from herself and created amazing work just in two months. Her granddaughter uploaded photos of her art pieces on Twitter and Setsu immediately took the Japanese internet by storm. Now she spends about 6 hours per day to create a new piece, and she does a lot of preparation every time before she start doing the pieces. She would first draft out her ideas in her mind, and to pick some useful materials from her ‘treasure box’, then she would use pliers to stick them together.

‘It’s like picking jewelry from jewelry box when I am choosing the useful torn newspapers.’ Setsu would cut out any pictures that she like when she’s reading newspapers, and separate them into warm and cool colors before putting them into two different boxes. Some people may think that it is complicated and takes a lot of time to do so, while Setsu enjoys doing it a lot, and she even forgets to have her meals sometimes when she gets so wrapped up in doing the collage. Finding the true passion in life is the key to true happiness, and there’s no age limit in pursuing our goals. We should never give up in figuring out our goals and passion, because at the end, they are the biggest motivator in our lives.

Text: Natalie Hui
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #259

NEVER TOO OLD TO HAVE FUN

 

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