Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
I'm doing embroidery for my inquiry project.
I can imagine lots of possible times when I can interact with the local people. Interactions with people working at embroidery shops will give me a chance to ask questions and inspect their work. I think I'll be doing a lot of that, because I want to learn how to do basic embroidery, what embroidery means to the local XiZhou people culturally, and the economics behing it all. I plan to visit an embroidery shop and talk to the people there, which will provide meaningful interactions in the village. I would ask them about their business in the village, why they decided to start their business in XiZhou.
I decided to investigate embroidery as my inquiry project topic because I'm interested in the process of embroidering (getting silk, about how long it takes to make a piece depending on its difficulty/size), but also to some degree the economic aspect of it (why is this piece more expensive than that one). I plan to do my project on mainly the process/creation of embroidery, and I plan to have a basic understanding of the making of embroidery by the end of this project. This topic is important to me because embroidery is an art form that I enjoy looking at, and I would like to try it myself one day.