Tuesday 3rd June 2008 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston's Chinese teaching assistant, Ms Gena Chen is producing specialist calligraphy to raise money for the Chinese earthquake appeal. She is translating students' names into Chinese characters and the £2 raised from each one will be sent off to help those affected by the earthquake which struck in the Sichuan province of China on 12 May.
Ms Chen, who is teaching at Brooke Weston for this academic year, said: 'I really want to do something to help as the scenes of devastation and destruction back in China are just terrible.'
Chinese calligraphy is an ancient and exacting art. The brushes Ms Chen uses are made from wolf and sheep hair and the writing is done from a standing position to perform the necessary free-flowing and intricate brushwork. Already Ms Chen has got many orders for the names which are mounted on red card, as that is traditionally a lucky colour in Chinese culture. She said: 'Some people are ordering them for their friends as gifts, or even for their dads for Father's Day. '