Tuohe AiJiLun inspects my crudely drawn sketches of ideas for birchbark items, somewhat baffled at her perceived complexity of them. I met her just under 2 years ago (More is Equal to Less). She has no recollection of
Bayina SunShui Min’s birchbark working tools: shaped bone, stone worn after years of use, thimble inherited from her mother. Meng Chai Hong makes her own modern embossing tool from an old cigarette lighter.
Chengdu There is something enchanting about antique clockwork, the logical precision of something that spans infinite time. As we tick into the future, it makes us acutely aware of the present, and grounds us to our past.
Yau Ma Tei Tagua nut: feels, looks and carves like ivory. The ivory trade threatens a whole host of endangered species. Despite the bans, despite the publicity of the long term negative and irreversible effects of poaching,
Yuen Po Street, Bird Market Birdkeepers own birds to admire, compare and show off. They walk them every day, inside the cages, socialising with fellow bird-walkers. Apparently only a healthy bird will sing, and those