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Art Materials

China Paper Exhibition

Installing a giant sheet of handmade paper from Anhui province for an exhibition of my Chinese Paper Collection-in-Progress at YCIS Hong Kong gallery, on display until 1st January 2016

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Beijing: Black as Coal

Two years ago, as my plane circled Beijing, I smelled the city before I saw it. The metallic tang that filled my throat and grated my lungs would soon become familiar. It permeated everyone's clothing, and made my hair smell like nights out in …

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Silk Road Papers

A papermaker in the Silk Road oasis town of Khotan in what is today Northwest China. He stamps artists' papers with his family's chop before I take them to Beijing – a journey of nearly 3000 miles. The papers come in two different sizes, part of my "Greater …

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“We’ve Made It for 400 Years”

Van (right), silk designer and paper aficionado, with Mrs. Dieu (left) In the far northeast of Hanoi's suburbs, a papermaking industry lives on. Mrs. Dieu and her husband have made fine Vietnamese papers for decades (his family has made them for 400 years). …

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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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