Words Can Be Weapons

Russian proverb says "Word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can't catch it", it can hit, can humiliate and even kill. Shockingly tragic acts of youth violence are on the rise in our neighbouring China. An even lesser known finding is that in China, childhood verbal abuse has a strong link to adolescent delinquency (personally it happens everywhere in the world).

The Center for Psychological Research, Shenyang and Ogilvy & Mather, Beijing have joined hands to launch a creative campaign "Words Can Be Weapons" that raises Chinese public awareness of the serious and detrimental effects of verbal abuse.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43whWBK1gc4

Firing Stairway to Heaven

"Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, known for his use of gun powder to create art, recently used a whole lot of it pay tribute to his grandmother’s 100th birthday with a stunning art piece, “Sky Ladder”. The pyrotechnic art piece lit up the sky above Quanzhou, south-eastern China on Monday, utilizing fireworks and a giant balloon to create the effect of a fiery ladder building itself 1,650 ft up into the sky." via Booooooom

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TIA-13epBk

3D Printed Textscape project by Hongtao Zhou

3D Printing brings new opportunities for creative persons, just take a look at typography project created by Hongtao Zhou. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading interactive for a general audience or blind people to read as knowledge, as well as art. This series of work has text variations of braille, language characters, calligraphy and number systems to bridge the text and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters. textscapes-Hongtao-Zho1

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Sculpture by Ah Xian

Chinese artist Ah Xian lives and works in Sydney where for nearly two decades he has explored aspects of the human form using ancient Chinese craft methods including porcelain, lacquer, jase, bronze, and even concrete. The artist often uses busts of his own family members including his wife, brother, and father onto which he imprints traditional designs with a vivid cobalt blue glaze. via Colossal

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Hair Highway

Hair Highway is a China-based project from nomadic design duo Studio Swine exploring the potential of human hair beyond its wildly expanding role in the beauty industry. As the world’s population increases, human hair is re-imagined as an abundant and renewable alternative to diminishing resources such as horn, tortoise shell or tropical wood. By investigating the trade and craft around the hair industry in Shangdong province, Studio Swine explores the potential of human hair by creating new materials and a collection of exquisite objects.

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http://vimeo.com/98210665

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Chineasy

When ShaoLan Hsueh realised her children didn't have the patience to learn Chinese, she wanted to simplify it for them – so she worked with graphic artist Noma Bar on a new book that turns a fiendish world into a visual treat called Chineasy. It is a visual-based learning system which teaches Chinese characters, simple stories & phrases. This building block system allows learners learn speedily with great fun enjoying Chinese history, classical and pop culture.

Beside the beautiful website full of colourful illustrations you can order a book on iTunes (few left as a hardcopy here) that ShaoLan has kickstartered a few months ago to keep Chinese easy for everyone.

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Everything Illuminates by Jiang Pengyi

Jiang Pengyi‘s latest series, Everything Illuminates, sees the artist mixing fluorescent powders with liquid wax, and applying it to various, commonly-found objects.

According to the Hunan-Province-born artist’s statement, these images “suggest the artist’s changing focus back to original form and shape, at the same time reflect his current state of mind.”

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Hong Chun Zhang

In case of hair phobia close the website. Otherwise please enjoy the artwork of Hong Chun Zhang having a clear and excellent obsession with hairs.

The idea of my graphite hair drawings and oil paintings is about humor, beauty and repulsion. To me, long hair not only looks beautiful, but sometimes it can be very unattractive in particular settings such as hair in the hamburger, egg, wineglass, cigarette, toothpaste and sink. I combine hair and daily used objects to evoke different feelings and emotions through a surrealistic approach.

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