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StARTup Art Fair Installation, China Obscura

China Obscura installation at StARTup Art Fair, San Francisco Office Windows of the Great Dictator, 2015 Design: View into and out of Mao's office windows from his villa Meiling (Wuhan), a retreat he nicknamed "Home of the White Clouds and Yellow Cranes" …

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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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Tea and Paper Travels in China

There's nothing quite like the smell of fresh tea flowers, or a pinch of Pu'er tea to warm up a cold morning. Nanluoshan (in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province) is a mountain in southwest China, long famous for its fine teas. My travels to Nanluoshan were not for …

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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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“Nobody Else Makes Paper Like This”

Mr. Nalongkone and his wife, in a paper village near Luang Prabang, Laos   Across the river from the bustling tourist town of Luang Prabang, a sleepy village hugs the riverbank, and you can hear the pounding of papermakers as they turn mulberry bark …

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Leaving For A While

 A gallery entrance in Beijing's 798 arts district Next weekend, I'm leaving Beijing for a while. For nearly two months I'll be filming as I retrace the route I took when researching paper in Southeast Asia, and finalize the last steps of the handmade version of my book. …

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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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Australia: Printing at the world’s 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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Opium Cyanotype Experiments: Crackers

This summer I'm concocting experiments in my temporary studio (currently my bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows), to take advantage of China's clear skies. These images have been brewing for quite some time. Here for the first time are some of my …

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Opium Cyanotype: the Barbarians

This summer I'm concocting experiments in my studio (er, my current bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows), to take advantage of China's clear skies. These images have been brewing for quite some time. Here for the first time are some of my works-in-progress. …

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