These are some amazing souvenirs I got from my last trip to Beijing. I thought my love for tin toys was over a long time ago but when I saw these in Beijing, I just couldn’t resist buying them! LOVE the color combination and graphics on the tin toys! Would be wonderful if I could design a tin toy collection someday. Too ambitious?
2 weeks ago, I was in Beijing for a short trip and was excited to visit the 798 Art Zone. Above are some pictures of the massive factory space that has been converted to small art galleries, museums, shops and cafes. I really like the raw factory look combined with graffiti and contemporary art. 798 Art Zone is located in the Danhanzi District. Be sure not to miss it if you are visiting Beijing!
This is one of the factories we visited in Chang’an Town, China. It is fairly small but highly efficient. I was really impressed with the speed of the craftsmen. Every frame they silkscreened must have taken less a second. Looking at them made me realized that I have to seriously brush up my silkscreening skills! Would be a dream to have a silkscreen factory/workshop like this!
Our trip to china went pretty well. We visited textile wholesale markets and factories in Chang’an town, Humen town and Guangzhou. Our mission was to look for new fabrics for our Autumn and Winter collection. They had all sorts of fabrics ranging from faux leather/fur to sequence to cotton to nylon, almost any kind of fabric that you can think of. Fabric swatches were all free and we were able to take as many as we needed. Besides fabrics, there were also a whole lot of supplies such as zippers, buttons, chains, metal frame clasp…etc. How could I resist! I ended up buying lots of colorful zippers and faux leather for my personal projects as they are 3 times the price in Japan!