Ku Shulan’s early works (1980–1989) are simple and clear, depicting a picture of life. The cows, sheep, pigs and dogs, flowers and trees, and farmhouse tools are all lively and dynamic. Each of her works is accompanied by or cheerful; or sardonic; or witty songs. These songs praise the good and the evil of life; there is a manifestation of life philosophy; there is a cultural sentiment.
In the folk art of China, Ku Shulan has historically created a precedent in two aspects:
- Ku Shulan breaks the tradition of paper-cutting art inherited by simple imitation;
- Ku Shulan has created an art model that is unprecedented in the expression of the true, the good and the beautiful in his own soul – clip art.
Representative works by Ku Shulan are collected by France, the United States, Germany, Southeast Asia and other countries. In 1980, in the census of the folk paper-cut of the Xunyi County Cultural Center, she discovered the paper-cutting ability of Ku Shulan, and guided her to enter the paper-cutting class of the county for many times, providing materials to insist on continuous paper-cutting at home.
From 1986 to 988, its paper-cutting exhibition was exhibited at the Xi’an Artists Gallery and the China National Art Museum in Beijing, and was eagerly collected. Its paper-cutting was published and introduced in the “Chinese Women” (English version) and “Han Sheng” 19 issues.
In 1989, Ku Shulan won the relevant experts and scholars from 23 provinces and cities in China with his own creations, and folk art workers came to inspect and study.
In 1992, her paper-cutting was awarded a special prize in the 2nd China National Culture Expo Folk Art Exhibition.
In 1994, his work won the gold medal of “A Great Exhibition of Chinese Folk Art”.
In 1995, the World Women’s Congress was held in Beijing. The Ku Shulan paper-cut solo exhibition was invited to be exhibited at the Central Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall.
In 1996, Ku Shulan was awarded the title of “Outstanding Chinese Folk Art Master” by UNESCO.
In 1997, “Chu Hua Niang Ku Shulan” (upper and lower volumes) was edited and published by Taiwan Hansheng Publishing House. At the same time, the “Khu Shulan Paper-cut Exhibition” was held in Taiwan.
In November 1997, Ku Shulan was invited to Hong Kong to participate in the Chinese Folk Traditional Arts Festival to do paper-cut performances and related academic lectures.
In October 2000, Lu Shengzhong, a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, accompanied Japan to visit Yu Shulan, who spent three days working together to create a magical hall for the paper-cut art.