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once upon the time at Country Living

Minh Chau

Once upon the time there was a graduate who dreamt to have her creations showcased and sold in a big, fat, glorious event. She wanted people around to treasure paper the way she does - how they can be moulded, crafted and manipulated to become precious pieces of hand notes and framed keepsakes. 

Started humbly in 2015 with just around 10 designs, the newly graduate has now a collection of over 200 hand-designed greeting cards and wall arts. And she thought the time has come to join a big, fat glorious event in the central of London knowing there are over 350 well-experienced competitors surrounding her. The show was run by the prestigious Country Living magazine and situated right in the middle of the beautiful Islington borough.

The girl was me and I was so frightened at the number of traders and the amount of upfront cost to enter such a huge show - aka a big step forward. But I have made it. For the first time I was almost completely satisfied with the outcome of my stand design, the range of products showcased and of course- the returns it has given me and my little team. 

The fair won't be the biggest show this year as I am attending some even bigger international events down the line of 2016. But the Country Living fair really hit me and my lovely colleague - wow, we have come a long way! - and sure this is still miles away yet from our destination. 

I hope to continue receiving all the support from you on our journey. And as I wrote, I think it's time to come back to the design studio and work on ideas all the Country visitors and costumers have given me throughout the last tiring yet rewarding week. 

Playlist for the day

Minh Chau

A lay out of a few upcoming greeting card designs in our Oxfordshire studio:

While working on this meticulous pieces, music is obviously a must and I would like to share with you a few of my replay list - please note: they are all upbeat tunes to fit my paper-cutting mood, may not be the best for emotional periods but I hope these tunes will be able to make you lay back and smile:

1. Cross my mind - Twin Forks

2. The second waltz - Dmitri Shostakovich

3. Roly Poly - T-ara

4. Can-can - Offenbach

5. Supersonic - Oasis

6. Sally Cinnamon - Stone Roses

7. It's you - Super Junior

8. Ship and the globe - Kae Sun

9. Pumped up kicks - Foster the People

And last but not least, my replay button was pressed on this non-lyric whistling tune that apparently appeared in the school Korean comedy called Sassy Go Go - "Hold on there" - perfect for 'holding on' to the endless work with my scalpel :) 

Enjoy! 

A little rambling...

Minh Chau

This is a new journal.

This is a new blog that shall continue recording my artistic progress.

This is a promise to keep myself more active on the net.

This blog has started since December, when the website was live – however I do know I have been neglecting its online presence to focus on the reality. And that reality has so far been production work, marketing events at trade and art fairs, working with new clients, selling at odd days and places, and etcetera.

I am thankful to those who have reminded me of the importance of keeping myself “alive” and “communicative” online, despite the hectic reality. I am thus ready to expose a little of Chau Art in progress with you, my dear followers; I would not like you to think me idle while I have been online silent to focus on the restless production for the fall/winter season.

Before long, I would like to share Chau Art's very first Internet exposure on Costworld Allure magazine. I have had the privilege to meet the gay and charming David who included the business for his report post on the Malvern Spring Show 2015 (read here).

Chau Art's stand at the Malvern Spring Show 2015.

Chau Art's stand at the Malvern Spring Show 2015.

A little zoom into my first laser cut card's collection – which also happen to be the best selling items thus far.  

A little zoom into my first laser cut card's collection – which also happen to be the best selling items thus far.  

I am expanding the collection which, as you can see, is heavily inspired by the romanticism and nuance of nature. This may explain why they are so popular wherever I bring them to: each card is a flower, a statement of affection, on paper- ever lasting and could be framed for the recipient! I am working on a lot more now, and am eager to come back to show you even more works...

Introduction to Paper cutting: a Chinese treasure

Minh Chau

Papercut is currently one of the most common practices in crafts and contemporary illustrations. Quite often I would find myself stricken by a fairytale book or birthday cards featuring intricate works of paper cutting. The delicacy of details, the contrast between the cut out areas and the backing paper, the sequence of lines, altogether inform a visual poetry reminiscent of shadow play and Chinese line drawing.

An example of paper cutting at Chau Art

An example of paper cutting at Chau Art

Popularized by Cai Lun in subsequence to the invention of paper in the Eastern Han Dynasty, paper cutting is now a renown Chinese art form with worldwide influences into Swedish and Jewish folk cultures. The handmade craft - Jianzhi in Chinese, explores the space and shadow on paper as a mean to home decoration and textile patterns. Jianzhi is often cut out from red paper, a symbolic colour of wealth and fortune in Asian culture, and employ popular motifs of zodiac animals and folklore imagery. When travelling to the West, paper cutting has been transformed into a limitless art form to which Jews employed to depict marriage contracts, illustrators with fairytale scenery, and artists explore silhouettes as part of their social narratives.

Thanked to the boldness in colours and subtlety in visual refinement, paper cutting pieces blend well to minimal home decor while maintaining their solid artistic statements. Displays of papercut supplements a sophisticated touch for your working space and give a highlight to the immaculacy of white walls. 

by Minh Chau, 2014