Sophisticated Chinese New Year sweet treat

We all know that France is famous for their sweets, but do you know that in China we also have very sophisticated dessert, specially when it comes to the Chinese new year.

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Chai Pao (soaked in tea)

They are more of a art than a food. They are made of a special Chinese winter melon, carefully craved then cooked in a sugar syrup for a long time. And then slowly dry with the wind.

To enjoy, make a cup of green tea, and drop in one piece of sweet melon.

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Zao tang (candy for the Kitchen God)

A sweet original from Northern China.

It is a kind of candy made of maltose that people in China use as a sacrifice to the kitchen god around the twenty third day of the twelfth lunar month just before Chinese New Year. Guandong tang refers to stick shaped candy with a thickness of 2 cm and a hollow in the center. Tanggua is made into melon shape and sometimes with sesame on the surface.

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Radiation

Because of one of her paintings, I recently discovered this New Yorker artist – Camilla Engstrom

Her style is simple, almost childish, but full of humour from daily life.

I love this kind of illustration, which enlighten your life and make you laugh.

Such artist as artist from Taiwan – Mr Paul and Petites Luxures from Paris, just to mention a few.

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Copyright: Camilla Engstrom, Radiation

The Christmas is over, here comes the new year.

I wish everyone would have a lot of love, compassion and kindness in 2017 !

 

 

Something about Chinese painting.

By chance I encountered a book about the Zen Buddhism. As Chinese, I’m profoundly touched by the “void” philosophy, which been mistakenly interpreted as “emptiness”,”escape” by many people. As a matter of fact, it means “change”. The unpredictable “future” life. Everything happens for a reason, because of something that has happened before or because of our mind at one moment. Nothing can remain unchangeable, thus all is “void”.

It’s rather something one can only understand by heart than explaining by words. Anyhow because of this, I started to have a lot of interests about Chinese ancient art, calligraphy, music, books, etc.

One girl, her name is Ling Xi, born 80s’, is a contemporary artist. I love her paintings. They make people smile. Here are some of them…

It doesn’t matter if you’re a big fan of design, art or not, Icelandic design, or Nordic design is something special and outstanding. They use a lot of material from the natural, such as leather, feather, rocks, stones, fur, etc. and most of the time, they’re rather simple and minimalism.

Approaching Christmas, small and big markets are everywhere, people are trying to show their stuffs around Christmas.

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List = Art, hönnu = design, safn = museum.

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Dream colour

When I waked up this morning, everything was covered with snow. It’s like Christmas again. Although just few days before, it was nothing but sunshine and endless blue sky.

Well it’s in March, and it’s in Iceland, you can expect almost EVERYTHING.

Again, I waked up rather early, something around 6 and I couldn’t fall asleep again. The only sound is from the heater and the bird singing. There’re lots of ravens in Iceland. People in Asian countries think it’s a bad sign to see a raven, or a black cat. Actually they believe that the black colour somehow related to the misfortune, while the red is glamour. Black for the funeral, red for the wedding.

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I find Nordic people have a preference for cold colour – black, gray, brown, blue, white and fine line, while Topical people use much more warm colour – orange, red, green, yellow and abstract patterns.

Last day when I was walking in the middle center Reykjavik, I found that most people are dress in dark colour. It reminds me when I was in Paris, black is the colour you see the most. I even have friend who has nothing but black and gray colour in her closet. Shall I say that she’s “a la mode” or she’s just being “lazy”.

Well I have no right to judge others since me myself fancy black too. It’s chic, elegant and can not go wrong.

A friend recently shared with me an exhibition she went in Paris, of Serge Poliakoff, a french painter, original from Russia. His work is a lot about the relationships between line and surface, form and content, colour and light, which many people call it “the form of dream”.

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Wildness embodied

Fashion, like art, is very subjective. Either you like it or you don’t. I recently discovered this outstanding fashion designer – Iris van Herpen. Her futurenism style, almost architectural, appeals to me.

“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting.

In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool. With my work I intend to show that fashion can certainly have an added value to the world,  that it can be timeless and that its consumption can be less important then its beginning. Wearing clothing creates an exciting and imperative form of self-expression. ‘Form follows function’ is not a slogan with which I concur. On the contrary, I find that forms complement and change the body and thus the emotion. Movement, so essential to and in the body, is just as important in my work. By bringing form, structure and  materials together in a new manner, I try to suggest and realize optimal tension and movement.”
Like a saying “eyes eat first”. We’re very much how we dress. As in Paris, people are mad with black clothing, especially women. I have more than one friend who purchase only black or grey coloured clothing. While in tropical countries like Africa, Singapore, Thailand etc, people are more intend to pick colourful clothing. It reveals a great deal of a personality.

Who Have Arrived in Heaven

You might not familiar with the name Yayoi Kusama, although you must familiar with her artistic signature – the dot and bright colour.

She is recently showing her new painting at Gallery David Zwirner in London.

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I remembered about two years ago at her exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris, it was quite an experience.

If you’re lucky enough to be in London, you should not miss it, the show runs until the 21 December.