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Once Upon a Time

There's nothing like a good story. Even if you can only understand a word or two of it. For example, we ran into this guy during Chinese New Year. His fake queue and fancy outfit attracted our attention. "Twenty kuai …

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Dirty hands make great art

You wouldn't think of an outdoor market as a good place to buy art supplies, but for contemporary artists, anything is game – from elephant poo to diamonds. In China, even a trip to the market can be an inspiration. …

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Paper Art: Create to Destroy

Paper is deceptively fragile. It can tear easily, or dissolve in water. But papers are stronger than they look – notably hemp or mulberry papers from Asia, which were once used as armor. Even today, papers are used to make …

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Black and White and Blue

At the China Exploration and Research Society, Hong Kong Stark colors by the South China sea. Two days. Two (Burmese) cats. Meals forgotten as I worked through one volume after the next. Seven thousand pages scanned for my research. One …

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Best Antidote for the Winter Blues?

Your Friends. A friend photographs her neighbor, the day after her wedding. XiangCheng, Tibetan Sichuan     Stay in touch Subscribe to my articles by email.      Preview

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the Winter Blues

Cyanotype experiment on tofu skin, 2012 Recent trials on ephemeral materials, printed on short and chilly northern days. They prove you don't need warm summer sun to make them. But I miss days as long as nights, damp skin on …

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Australia: Printing at the edge

The Penrith Printing Museum is at the far west of Sydney. Inside are old letterpress machines, once used for printing newspapers and posters and books. They’ve been rescued from oblivion by a group of dedicated gents – former printers who …

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Fakes in China

A florid fake sunset graces a tourist shopping arcade in Qingdao, and brings me back to faux finishing in a Macau casino Stay in touch Subscribe to my articles by email. Preview

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School Days

Everywhere you go, you'll find that we're all more similar than different. Meeting these students at the Thangka Painting Academy in Shangri-la was a reminder that their experiences are taking them on the uncertain path I once chose. They're not …

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Searching for Treasure in Shangri-la

When I moved to China this year, I had a few goals. One was to find treasure. Or more precisely, the people who make it. The Scholars' Four Treasures (paper, ink, inkstones, and paintbrushes) are a foundation of China's arts …

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