I really like the illustrator Tania Willis’ work and now she’s teamed up with Mio Debnam to produce these kid’s guide books. Avoiding the trap of thinking parents know best, they’ve asked kids in the various locations what their favourite days out, experiences, food, and so on are. So far they’ve covered Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong, Phuket, London and New York. My lad gives it 5 stars after a recent trip to Bali.
For the last month or so I’ve had a solo show of my paintings up in Hong Kong. Titled Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood, it was held at the beautifully restored Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences, in the bustling district of Sheung Wan, in the centre of the city. Hidden amongst the modern skyscrapers, this 100 year old red brick building is quite at odds with urban landscape.
Maybe I’m particularly partial to this Accidental Chinese Hipster blog because I grew up in Hong Kong and it makes me nostalgic. But mostly I just think there is nothing in this world cooler than an unsuspecting trendsetter.
Cyprien Chabert is a French artist who recently exhibited his latest show, Dogs Meow, in Hong Kong. In it, he invited viewers to a remote island that he has discovered. No mankind exists; it’s a paradise of animals. But there is a continuously baking dog on this island. So if you see the dog, please […]
X Factor, X-Box, the X Games … what’s next? How about some ‘X-treme’ Chinese cuisine. Intrigued? Then check out Bo Innovation, the Michelin-starred Hong Kong eatery that was founded by bad boy Alvin Leung (aka ‘the demon chef’).
And we thought you had to be ingenius living in New York! Hong Kong architect Gary Chang has transformed his 344 square foot apartment into a fluid, shapeshifting environment through efficient use of sliding panels, walls, and mirrors.
One of my favourite artists of the moment is Tanya Bennett, an English woman with a background in fashion, who wants to be Scottish, lives in Hong Kong, and loves drawing naked women. It doesn’t get more eclectic! Her Doris collection, in particular, is superb.
Providing high concept lifestyle products across the mediums of art, music, film, design, urban culture and high fashion, Cipher is drawing focus to Hong Kong’s culture through their project Big City, Bright Lights. The project involves a mix-tape featuring ten Hong Kong artists, producing ten tracks, lasting ten minutes. The intention is to exhibit ‘the contrast, the inspiration and the diversity that exists in this dynamic city’.
Hong Kong-based designer Mike Mak (no relation) has a whimsically simple style, using visual puns (a moon ladder shaped like the Chinese character for ‘moon’) and sight gags (an Eyelock with googly eyes instead of hands). His recent Dear Van Gogh design is a mug with a silicon ear instead of a handle, meant to […]
Like chocolate, coffee, and wine, mozzarella now boasts bars where it’s creamy, delectable, slightly tangy, essence can be thoroughly indulged. And in Hong Kong, Classified Mozzarella Bar is the new “it” place to experiment with this soft, milky delight. The mozzarella served here is made fresh in Italy and then flown daily to Hong Kong, […]
Mickey Jackson Mouse, an artwork by atelier Alessio Blanco for Walt Disney Company, was created a few weeks before Michael Jackson died and is based around the idea that ‘Mickey Mouse is an anthropomorphic mouse trying so hard to look like a man but can now resort to plastic surgery to achieve his main goal’. The artwork is currently on display in Hong Kong’s Times Square.
The fact that most people are only familiar with Screamin Jay Hawkins through his song I Put a Spell on You is really quite a shame. His entire catalog is worth listening to, not merely because they’re hilarious, at times unhinged, and a whole lot of fun. Check out his song Hong Kong to see […]
Emily Eldridge is originally from the United States, where she studied illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Based in Hong Kong for the past three years, she takes inspiration from the oddities and unique aspects of Asian culture and history around her. She incorporates her personal experiences and world travels into her lighthearted, colourful and feminine pieces.