China’s earliest leather artifacts date back to 1000 B.C. At that time, a special committee was established to study techniques of leather manufacture with the information systematically recorded in written journals. Thus China was the first country to possess written records on the “art of leather making.” Appreciating the beauty of decorative art, these early artisans processed leather by carving patterns into it, staining it with wax-based colored pigments and inlaid it with precious stones and jade, thereby elevating leather art to prominence in the fine art field.
Today, Taiwan has produced a native son who is recognized as leather sculpture’s foremost exponent, Chan Liu Miao. Born in 1946 to a family of farmers, Chan graduated in 1971 from the national Taiwan Academy of Arts. Gifted and hard-working, young Chan eagerly explored a spectrum of arts: woodcarving, ceramics, painting and sculpture. more >>