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AMIS ZHOU, DIANE BARTHELEMY, BINGYAO CHENG, DECHENG CUI, SHENGJIE DAI, YENAN FENG, DANDI GU, XUEQI HE, NANDAN HE, EMMA HUANG, YAO HUANG, ANG LI, WEINA LI, FANGYU LIU, YONGQI LIU, JIAYU SHEN, YUAN XU, TANG YIQI, JINGYI YUE, LIYING ZHANG, MENGYAO ZHANG, XIAOWU ZHENG. Have Five Ws? Then Take Five!

Getting started... PIS Open Call, August 2019. All rights reserved

Keep calm. And slow on. PIS Open Call, August 2019. All rights reserved

The fashion industry’s wind direction has quietly shifted from fast fashion, driven by the modish powers that be who easily reduce any starter-upper to trembling like a leaf, to the concept of slow fashion — focusing on environmental protection and sustainability. Enter: PIS Global Culture, Slow Design.

The PIS Global Culture Slow Design Pop-Up on September 14 and 15 officially opened on Broadway, New York City. Fashion designer Shaly Guo and independent curator Jingru Li standing firmly at the helm, 22 young Chinese artists presented visitors with a visual multimedia feast.

Who, what, when, where and why? Temper takes five with Guo!

Shaly. Guo. September 2019, all rights reserved

Shaly. Guo. September 2019, all rights reserved

Take One! Who are a) Shaly Guo and b) the PIS Global Culture Pop-Up?

a) Chinese Graffiti: “Guo is the Design Director of Fame Fashion House, Co-founder of Varena de Bella, an ETFashion Couture Enlightenment Instructor, and recently established her own eponymous label. ​Her work is characterized by an imaginative flair with a touch of boldness and has been showcased at a variety of events including New York Fashion Week, Austin Fashion Week, and Chicago Fashion Week, as well as in international fashion magazines such as Vogue, Sanotion, Soleil. Guo always has a passion for old toys as imaginative tools to cross the boundaries of reality and float into a world of fantasy.”

For the full Chinese Graffiti interview, click right here!

b) Guo: New York City’s PIS works to establish further interaction between Asian and American fashion designers, scholars, investors, and decision-makers. We want consumers to really receive and take in the goods and their value, not simply to add another few clothing items to their wardrobe as to satisfy their desire to shop, to consume. Less choice, more “cherish” — so to speak. In addition to providing a top-notch independent display platform, combined with panel talks and interactive workshops, the two-day Slow Design Pop-Up uncovered the concept of “slow fashion” within a global context, providing artists with new reflections in and on their creative process.

PIS Global Culture Pop-Up September 2019

Take Two! What is the new crop of post-80 and -90 Chinese artists bringing to the world of design? Your two mao on the topic.

Guo: The maturing environment of Chinese artists born after 1980 and 1990 has become more diversified and internationalized. Many an artist’s work is crafted on the basis of Chinese elements, add a type of expression more acceptable to and with foreigners. An increasing number of Asian artists and designers now receive recognition on the global platform, yet Chinese works are also gradually considered “Chinese”, i.e., they have slowly carved out an identity of their own.

Take Three! Who’s starring in the PIS line-up?

Guo: AMIS ZHOU, DIANE BARTHELEMY, BINGYAO CHENG, DECHENG CUI, SHENGJIE DAI, YENAN FENG, DANDI GU, XUEQI HE, NANDAN HE, EMMA HUANG, YAO HUANG, ANG LI, WEINA LI, FANGYU LIU, YONGQI LIU, JIAYU SHEN, YUAN XU, TANG YIQI, JINGYI YUE, LIYING ZHANG, MENGYAO ZHANG, XIAOWU ZHENG (ring a ding ding, dear Temper tasties?).

The Artistic IG IDs: @umeume3_ @zoeyzhang0917 @muchen_hoo @xiaowu_zheng_ishere @smmmmmart @cby0910 @weina.l @fionafangyuliu @rzamis @liying_zhang1993 @the_lines_of_memory @yo__yue @yiqitangart @YUAAAN_SE0000@lululululucii.h

The Usual Suspects gathered together, PIS Global Culture -- SLow Design, September 2019. All rights reserved

The Usual Suspects gather together, PIS Global Culture — SLow Design Pop-Up, September 2019. All rights reserved

Take Four! The New Made In China. What’s your opinion on this new label?

Guo: Chinese artists and designers have been making progress in the field of art over the past two| three decades, but only now, backed by (inter)national power and prowess, do we see more and more artists grasping the opportunity to stand up and show themselves on the world stage. And thus we have moved from that bias-carrier brand called “Made in China” to one expressing innovation and exploration. Aka “The New Made in China.”

Take Five! China Fashion and Art in the 21st Century?

Guo: We — actually, all starting [not “starving”] artists — accept the world’s critique and constantly insist on improving our interactions with “the outside(rs)”. It’s about the so-called pilot-aesthetic. Combined with China’s profound artistic heritage and history, the nation’s sprouting new art and design scene has its own unique feel to it. And, in the case of PIS, one where the arts meet the artisanal. Slow. And sustainable. One step at a time.

 

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The Artistic IG IDs: @umeume3_ @zoeyzhang0917 @muchen_hoo @xiaowu_zheng_ishere @smmmmmart @cby0910 @weina.l @fionafangyuliu @rzamis @liying_zhang1993 @the_lines_of_memory @yo__yue @yiqitangart @YUAAAN_SE0000@lululululucii.h
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Elsbeth van Paridon

China Fashion, Design and Urban Culture Groupie, Editor-in-Chief at Temper Magazine
Temper Magazine Founder and Editor-in-Chief Elsbeth van Paridon holds a degree in Sinology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and additionally is just another run-of-the-mill fashion aficionada.

After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.

Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.

Van Paridon hunts down the latest in Chinese menswear, women’s clothing, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in Chinaplus a selection of budding photographers.

Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of individuality and the power that is the Key Opinion Leader (the local term for “influencers”) in contemporary China.
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