Hong Kong's vintage toy & stationery museum – Silver stationery shop

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Top: The entrance of an industrial building in San Po Kong
 
Since I started this business, I was lucky to have met and made friends with many like-minded designers and entrepreneurs in Asia and London. After working with Hong Kong's ten Design stationery for years, I became friends with their designer Paul [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Stationery, Shopping, Hong Kong design, Design, Vintage and was tagged with Hong Kong, stationery, shopping, Hong Kong design, vintage shopping, Silver stationery shop


Hong Kong's urban typography

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Neon lights and advertising billboards outside of the iconic Sunbeam Theatre in North Point
 
This post is a follow-up of the previous one on Hong Kong's urban typography... Over the years, I have documented the city's streetscape and the relationships between visual communications, architecture, and its perpetually changing identity.
Hong Kong has always [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Photography, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Street life, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, graphic design, Hong Kong design, street life, typography, calligraphy


"Typography and the sea of words" exhibition at CACHe HK

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
The building and courtyard of CACHe on Western Street, Sai Yun Pun
 
In recent years, an influx of international art galleries and art fairs has somehow transformed Hong Kong – the infamous cultural desert – into Asia's glossy art hub. To be honest, I am not sure if this has had much [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Hong Kong design, Design, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Hong Kong design, typography, calligraphy


Design & craft shopping in Myanmar

Posted on April 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Inle heritage shop, Inle Lake

 
When I was in Myanmar, I was genuinely surprised by its diverse craft industry. Aside from traditional crafts, we were quite delighted to have come across some contemporary craft/design brands as well. My favourite shop of the trip was an accidental find in Inle Lake... We had hired [...]

This post was posted in Stationery, Shopping, Shopping guide, Travel, Contemporary crafts, Design, Myanmar, Burmese design and was tagged with shopping, contemporary crafts, Shopping guide, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, Burmese designs, Yangon


Burmese crafts: bamboo & textiles weaving

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bamboo factory
 
Bamboo is a material that is widely available and used in Myanmar. The sustainable and versatile material is used to build houses, scaffolding, make woven walls, furniture and basketry etc.
We visited a bamboo factory in Mandalay, and it was interesting to see how the hollow and tall bamboo shoots can be [...]

This post was posted in Traditional arts & crafts, Myanmar, weaving and was tagged with traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, textiles, weaving, embroidery, bamboo


Burmese crafts: The art of carving

Posted on April 8, 2017 by Toothpicker

 

 
Carving has endured a long history in Myanmar. Exquisite wood carvings can still seen at some ancient monasteries and pagodas. Teak is commonly used as it is a native species in the rain forests of South East Asia.
In Mandalay, we visited a wood carving workshop where we saw artisans carving large [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Puppetry, Myanmar, Carving and was tagged with puppetry, traditional crafts, Myanmar, Burmese craft, wood carving, marble carving


Burmese crafts: papier mâché , lacquerware & pottery

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
Stumbled upon a papier mâché maker's home in New Bagan
 
Before my trip to Myanmar, I had no idea that a myriad of traditional crafts are being produced in different parts of the country. Apparently, every region uses local materials to produce in a specific craft that is unique to that area [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper craft, Traditional arts & crafts, ceramics & potteries, Myanmar and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Myanmar, pottery, Burmese craft, lacquerware


Chasing sunrises & sunsets in Myanmar

Posted on April 2, 2017 by Toothpicker

Sunset in Bagan
 
There are some places in this world that offer spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and Iceland is definitely one of them. Now though, I can also add Myanmar (Burma) onto this list. Apart from Iceland, I have never been able to watch sunrise and sunset daily throughout my holiday, so it [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Myanmar and was tagged with nature, sunset, Myanmar, sunrise


Myanmar's food markets & vendors

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Toothpicker

Bagan
 
Food markets in Asia are always vibrant, colourful and stimulating. In Myanmar, we visited several village and town food markets, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experiences. Aside from food like fish, meat, vegetables, eggs, chilies and dried herbs, we also saw some unusual stuff like the addictive betel leaves and thanaka [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Markets, Street life, Myanmar and was tagged with shopping, Food markets, street life, Myanmar, street food


Faces of Myanmar

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Toothpicker

A young girl in Bagan
 
When I travel, what interests me most is not the sights but the people. I enjoy take photographs of people, especially children. Myanmar is a diverse country with 135 distinct ethnic groups, so not only does the scenery changes as you travel around, but the ethnicities of the [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Street life, Myanmar and was tagged with street life, Myanmar


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