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China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XING YI xingyi@chi­

Bei­jing De­sign Week has been an an­nual event in the cap­i­tal since 2009. This year’s on­go­ing events un­der the theme De­sign 2020 con­tinue through Oct 7.

Dur­ing theNa­tion­alDay hol­i­day, there will be a lot go­ing on in Bei­jing’s Dashilar hu­tong area in re­la­tion to arts, de­sign and life­style. Here are some high­lights: Ex­hi­bi­tion: I AmWe Time: through Oct 7 Venue: Bei­jing Quanyechang, Dashilar

As the main ex­hi­bi­tion in Dashilar dur­ing Bei­jing De­sign Week, I AmWe presents works and projects from around 50 artists, de­sign­ers and stu­dios from home and abroad.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is di­vided into three parts, cov­er­ing every as­pect of de­sign, in­clud­ing fur­ni­ture, in­stal­la­tions, ar­chi­tec­ture and dig­i­tal graph­ics.

One fea­ture of the ex­hi­bi­tion is the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween re­cent pop-up stu­dios and tra­di­tional time-hon­ored brands, such as the Rui­fux­i­ang silk store, the Neil­ian­sheng shoe store and the Yidege cal­lig­ra­phy ink store. Ex­hi­bi­tion: Open Source Hu­tong Time: through Oct 7 Venue: 82 Yan­shou Street, and 6 Cha’erHu­tong, Dashilar

Co-hosted by Yeah Archkids stu­dio and cu­ra­tor Yue Lup­ing, the project ex­plores how to com­bine art, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy in the hu­tong, mak­ing the hu­tong an open com­mu­nity for tech­nol­ogy work­shops, artists and de­sign­ers. DIY work­shop: Eggshell Carv­ing Time: 10-noon, Oct 3 Venue: 90 Yang­meizhu Xiejie, Dashilar

Yang Xiaokang is an artist who carves and paints on eggshells. An in­her­i­tor of in­tan­gi­ble her­itage, Yang uses red­shell eggs as a medium, where she paints and carves de­signs in­spired by sto­ries of an­cient and modern China.

Us­ing blades, pens and brushes, Yang brings to­gether her un­der­stand­ing of tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture on the thin eggshells, giv­ing them an eter­nal life.

Yang will show and teach vis­i­tors eggshell carv­ing. Cost: 100 yuan ($15), which in­cludes the ma­te­ri­als fee. DIY work­shop: Shadow Pup­pet Time: 2-4 pm, Oct 6 Venue: 90 Yang­meizhu Xiejie, Dashilar

Lu Hong­wei is the seventh gen­er­a­tion of the Bei­jing De Shun shadow pup­petry group. In­structed by his fa­ther, shadow pup­pet play mas­ter Lu Lianda, he learned the per­for­mance art in child­hood.

Now, af­ter years of prac­tice, Lu Hong­wei makes shadow A vin­tage cars ex­hi­bi­tion

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pup­pets as well as other dec­o­ra­tive items, com­bin­ing shadow pup­pet play with tra­di­tional Chi­nese paint­ing.

At this work­shop, par­tic­i­pants will learn about shadow pup­pets and how to color them. Cost: 100 yuan, which in­cludes the ma­te­ri­als fee. DIY work­shop: Wood­block Print­ing Time: 2-4 pm, Oct 2 Venue: 90 Yang­meizhu Xiejie, Dashilar

Among the dec­o­ra­tions peo­ple buy be­fore the Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year are pic­tures printed us­ing wood­blocks.

ZhangKuo, who has lived in Dashilar for most of his life, has mas­tered the art of pro­duc­ing tra­di­tional wood­block New Year pic­tures, thanks to his study of the sub­ject. From wood se­lec­tion and carv­ing to print­ing, he knows it all, even as he con­tin­ues to ex­per­i­ment with newde­signs.

Work­shop par­tic­i­pants will learn about wood­block print­ing and col­or­ing tra­di­tional New Year pic­tures. Cost: 100 yuan, which in­cludes the ma­te­ri­als fee. Ac­tiv­ity for chil­dren: Fin­ger Zoo— A BodyMe­mory Project Time: 2-4:30 pm, Oct 1 Venue: 8 Cha’erHu­tong, Dashilar

Fin­gers are the most dex­ter­ous parts of our bod­ies. Peo­ple use fin­gers to pick up ob­jects, touch the peo­ple they love and feel the world.

Body Mem­ory is a project about cast­ing and du­pli­cat­ing body parts that have a spe­cial mean­ing to them. Chil­dren’s hands are con­stantly chang­ing in the first decade of their lives. So, it is a nice mem­ory to have a cast of a baby’s hands, es­pe­cially for the par­ents.

In this work­shop, artist Zhou Yi will teach par­ents and chil­dren how to make a cast of their fin­gers, and then lead a fin­ger-draw­ing ac­tiv­ity around the theme. The ac­tiv­ity is for chil­dren, ages 5 to 10 ac­com­pa­nied by par­ents.

Send names and con­tacts to mi­ to re­serve a spot. Ac­tiv­ity for chil­dren: Playable De­sign— When Lego Meets Shake­speare Time: 2-3:30 pm, Oct 3; 10:30-noon, Oct 5; 10:30-noon, Oct 6 Venue: 8 Cha’erHu­tong, Dashilar

What is it like when lit­er­a­ture, de­sign and a game are put to­gether?

Team Lego has de­vel­oped a new prod­uct — char­ac­ters in Shake­speare’s plays — to let chil­dren con­struct scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Mac­beth and A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream, to make it eas­ier for chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence th­ese mas­ter­pieces. The ac­tiv­ity is for chil­dren, ages 6 to 14.

Send names and con­tacts to mi­ to re­serve a spot. De­sign talk: The Fu­ture Home in­Hu­tong Time: 10 am, Oct 5 Venue: 8 Dawailangy­ing Hu­tong, Dashilar

Tra­di­tional hu­tong ar­eas are places for meet­ings, chats and hang­ing out for Bei­jingers. But with the in­crease in res­i­dents, house­hold items have been put and stored in the nar­row al­leys, which have dam­aged the func­tion of the hu­tong as a pub­lic space.

In deal­ing with the con­flict be­tween pri­vate and pub­lic in­ter­est, de­sign firmC+ Ar­chi­tects pro­poses an idea of “scat­tered home” in its ren­o­va­tion plan for Tiaozhou Hu­tong. By sep­a­rat­ing the space for dif­fer­ent func­tions, the plan aims to bring a new ex­pe­ri­ence of “a liv­ing room in a hu­tong” for the neigh­bor­hood.


The tra­di­tional court­yard houses in Bei­jing be­come venues for art shows and ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the Na­tional Day hol­i­day.

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