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January 15, 2017

Perhaps this is the reason that modern designers – Rand, Munari, Lionni etc. – always seem to end their career ls designing children’s books. The children’s book is the purest to venue of the designers/authors because the content is negligible and the evocative potentials is unlimited. 

The choice of projects in each designer’s oeuvre lays out a map of interests and proclivities. And the way those projects are parsed out, disassembled, reorganized and rendered reveals a philosophy, an aesthetic position, an argument and a critique. 


December 14, 2016

Bananafish Riso Lullaby

Designed this music board for our monthly workshop.

Painting for the Wind。。。

May 23, 2014

Painting for the Wind

May 20, 2014

风之画.苏菲.painting for the wind 2




This is the second time I paint for the wind. Whisper of the wind, whisper of the heart.  A call wanders into my ear and heart. The call is so strong and overwhelming and attracting.  I cannot resist the seduce to follow its pleasance.
The life seems be back to normal and change is going to happen. At least what I am trying to turn into a new direction, no matter it is good or bad. And I say to myself:

Listen to the wind, follow it, do not look back.

Wandering Notes

March 27, 2014

风之画.苏菲.painting for the wind 1


Out a hole in a bag filled with needs of any kind and places the bag where there is wind.

1961 Summer


January 28, 2014


Framed this hand-made picture in our living room.

“A pale view of hills” publishing series shoot!

January 15, 2014





Running by the River

December 20, 2013








From Seeds to Fruits

August 13, 2013

My little boy had planted the tomato seeds with us at the end of April. During this period, he always watered them and took care of them. After four months’ growing, we get those orange baby tomatoes in our balcony with green leaves! The seeds we bought were orange tomato not the red ! They are so beautiful and lovely. We are going to pick them (only five :)) and let him eat them directly.

He may gradually realizes how things come out from the very beginning: seeds-sprout-leaves-flowers-fruits.

Me and Today’s sunshine

August 1, 2013



Eh…… I am thinking: how could I connect nature, green, water with such a hot day? Nostalgic feelings suddenly filled in my brain. I can still remember 3 years ago, back to 2010 summers days in Shanghai, and I was pregnant. Alone and stuck in that renting room, I tried to make the same hot days as cool as possible by adopting all the ways I could use around the house, to beat the boredom of staying alone. Paper, rubble stamps, watercolor painting, wooden linen cut, linen cloth, magnetic bookmarks, notebooks, etc., what a busy routine!

I miss it, and miss everything that makes me more beautiful and days interesting.

“When people run in circles
It’s a very very
Mad World”


Gary Jules “Mad World”

Cloud Stones

July 31, 2013

Cloud stones “hit” onto my sketch book. (actually the effect of PS to my watercolor painting)

Just back from our holiday trip of this summer. Three of us go back to ordinary life again. Wei stays in Shanghai till the end of August. The little one and I play things we like at home.

A lot of thoughts of watercolor dots painting image in my mind. Brainstorming of later days’ painting is quite fun. I really like the simple sketches of what I can understand towards the drawing. I like drawing, particularly not the complicated ones. I like drawing and painting all in a line of simple and naive, pure and childish styles. The growing-up (progress in something) can be another meaning.

Keep cool! Recently watching TV series: パンとスープとネコ日和 《面包和汤和猫咪好天气》specially recommend~ the series version of the movie Kamome Shokudo 《海鸥食堂 》which is also performed by Satomi Kobayashi 小林聪美。

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July 2, 2013

July 1, 2013





February 24, 2013

Waiting for the spring. Lots of baby green colors are around our house.


December 16, 2012









March 5, 2012

Shall we select a little tree for little crying tomato in spring days this year? We can plant a seed or a baby tree in the park opposite our apartment. Every time I take Lele to the park, we can point out to him that this is your tree. You grow up and it grows up with you. We maybe stay in Dalian for three years or five years, the tree will be a witness of our colorful days.

Exciting! Let’s do it, Wei.


February 3, 2012

I love reading her stories these days, when I am staying in the bookstore, sometimes after the work leaning on the coach, sometimes on the bed. I paint my imaginations on the paper, thinking of her in my mind. I came to know that someone’s fairy can be so beautiful while melancholy. Impressing on your heart and on the way home. The following texts are what she said about color inspirations for writing moments. I am so addictive to that:


喜欢深蓝色的我,凡属于蓝色体系的故事,我好像总能写得很轻松。也许是“蓝”的神秘之力帮助了我。这样说起来,也是属于蓝色体系的故事的《北风遗落的手绢》《蓝色的花》,我也是写得相当顺利,写完之后也一直非常喜欢。 不过最近,我变得有点贪婪起来了。

除了蓝之外,也开始想着各种各样的颜色了。 比方说,像浅绿色的落叶松的林子啦、鲑肉色的朝霞啦、一片油菜花田啦、躺在夜路上的鲜红的毛线球啦……

现在,最让我感兴趣、最让我迷恋的是被称之为“红”的颜色。 红的确是一种不可思议的颜色,既有看上去是明快、温暖的颜色的时候,又有看上去是阴沉、悲哀的颜色的时候。也有让人感到不吉的时候、妖魅美丽得让人不寒而栗的时候。早晚有一天,我要吃透了这种种心象,写成一个吸引读者的红色的故事。 不过,即使是被红色给吸引了,但我好像是不会沉溺其中的。选择自己的东西时,不论我遇到多么美丽的红色,也只是眺望而已,我仍然还是会选择与过去一样的深蓝色的东西。 比如说,我喜欢染成蓝色的棉布,喜欢得都想紧紧抱住。还喜欢看女学生穿水兵服式校服的样子。 而且,一穿上深蓝色,我真的就会长长地舒一口气。一旦被最平凡,但却最深、最神秘的颜色裹住,我的心就特别安详。

Some classical fairy stories you can read from Dreamkidland

New Year Resolutions III

January 7, 2012

Bananafish Books/A Perfect Book/Pausebread Press  is our career. Qing&Wei’s whole future. Both of us love photobooks and zines, loving making zines and books for our favorite artists friends, loving printing and paper works, love the products of designed. At end of last year, we built a pool for three projects. We work here, meet visitors and discuss plans in here. While in the year of 2012, we want to step out of the pool and “swim” outside.

The new year resolutions for Bananafish are:

We will take Bananafish to different cities of China and different countries of World.

Wei and I plan to take our selected photobooks and zines to sell in four cities of China this year. Each season we will close the shop and go out to places we have never been to sell the books, to let more readers to know the culture of Zine and photobooks, to spread the concept of independent publishing and making paper stuff of your own. We welcome all kinds of self-publishing works (while still have picky principles) and would love to sell them in our store. So if you are doing this, please get in touch, drop us an email then. Traveling around to sell books is a big plan. We will work on that after the Spring festival.

Involving into different events of photobooks and zines fair in the artpaper world. This year’s Tokyo Artbook Fair is our first stop. I mean we will go there personally to present Bananafish Books and A Perfect Book works. And then the plan is this year’s New York artbook fair. I want to meet Benjamin Sommerhalder (Nieves) and David (Hassla) and many other old friends of Bananafish Books. …

To publish 5 photobooks and zines within this year for A Perfect Book. Our second photobook will come out this Feb and we are so exciting about our second photographer! The third, forth, and fifth are yet to be decided. While this is the one too, we love to find art works. This is also why Simple Style is here. The whole journey is so charming and expecting. This is all about indie publishing.

Pausebread Press is our new project. We are now having five Riso colors! The sound of machine is a sound you can feel that you are working hard :  ) We would like to introduce the sense of riso printing to more chinese people. To welcome more customers use our machine to print their artworks, posters, magazines, zines, photobooks, pamphlets this year.  We will also encourage them to sell their works to others. Maybe at the end of this year, we will hold a fair to celebrate the success of Riso Printing in China and show all the works we have printed to visitors (in Beijing or in Shanghai).

Jiazazhi.com chief editor Yanyou invited Bananafish Books a few days ago to work together for building the first Art Zine Library of China with him. We are happy to say yes! So another resolution is to pray for this works out and exhibit our collections in different cities.

Done! All three resolution watercolor works are painted by me.
Hope you a very happy new year and all the best._Qing Zhou

New Year Resolutions II

January 6, 2012

Save more

After having Bananafish Bookstore, a real storefront, the whole family is really poor now. Our savings is so shameful. One important reason is as a girl I do not have the sense of financing. Spending money without plan is a bad habit since I was a child. We need to save more for little crying tomato ’cause he will go to kindergarden one year later. We need to save more for the store and for the publishing studio ’cause we have so much dreams about that. We need to save more for a stable life, for renting a bigger house (we still do not like to buy an apartment yet), for not moving so frequently.  So, i started opening an account for the family. Save money into this account every week! let’s see what we will have in the end of this year~

Read more

I read few books since I got pregnant! I feel guilty to be a bookstore owner. And most of books i read in 2011 are about design and techs and magazines and essays. I rarely read novels and philosophy books. But they are the core of reading. So in the year of 2012, I want to begin my journey of reading from them. Please recommend some to me if you see my resolutions, thank you! There will be no quantity limitations of reading. I do not like to count how many books one have read through a year or a month. So read when you have time, make the time full of value when you read, make the value plant in your heart when you behave.

Write more

During 2005-2009, I wrote a lot, mostly my diary and my mood. But i stopped writing blog since I got married and had baby…(why?) I admit that I am not good at writing beautiful words and essays. But I am a good story teller. I hold the confidence. You may wonder being a bookstore keeper, I must have a lot of stories to tell. It is true, but it is not important I think. Then write what? I want to write down my reading notes firstly. Start from being a student who is now learning how to write for the future. Start from translating fairy stories ’cause I still have a dream to be Fairy translator. Easy ways to begin writing more and accumulate my confidence of writing again my story! I will also make a record on this blog.

(To be continued…)

New Year Resolutions I

Be a good mom.

We missed some cheers at the point of new year because the whole family was sick! Little crying tomato got sick…Wei’s parents got sick…Wei got cough and I felt dizzy. All of us spent our new year’s day in the house and on the bed. >_<  While the great happiness is that I feel so real that I am a mom these days. I took care of my little boy from early morning till late night. He needs me, speaks to me (baby words), hugs me, kisses me, relies on me, plays with me, be with me until sleep, in his world you are everything. Among some breaks, I cried to smile, smiled to cry. This is the first time i feel the happiness of being a mother.  The little one grows up every day. He is a child now. He knows what we are talking about. He is naughty but so cute and gentle. I want to see you everyday Lele, be your side. The first new year’s resolution of me is to be a good mom of my boy. Learn how to, do what should be done, spend more time with him and teach him as a happy child.

Be a good wife.

Wei and I are so dependent on each other. We almost stay together every day for nearly three years and are still not bored with this. I am proud of that. But I have to think thoroughly if this is what we want in the following years. I think between us we have to give another a moment of personal space. I am very moody, always find myself in a continuous unstable emotionally change. We do not fight too much all out of Wei’s tolerant and generous personnel education. Therefore, I should tell myself I have being a grown-up. I am nearly 30. I should act as an adult, as an affectionate wife. In the year of 2012, I want to be a good wife. Cooking more delicious food for the whole family is the most wishful thing I want to learn this year. I would like to post this on this blog to push myself. And to be a good wife, another important thing is to encourage Wei. I blame myself for what i have done to him last year. I argued with him a lot for his slowness and no sense of timing. Not his fault, it is from my irritable quality. I am so anxious. I am totally a mope. That’s what i want to change this year. Be patient with everything, particularly for Wei’s design, both of graphic and product design.

(To be continued…)

September Pool

September 3, 2011

Wei and I had decided to stay in Dalian until the little one grows up (kingdergaten maybe). So, these two or three years, we should do something that really excites us to console any disappointment living in a small city. While I love staying in a small city, if the city is clean and ordered. (Da lian, in a big city construction stage, everything here is unpleasant then.)

This is our plan: Building a real pool for Bananafish Books!! We are going to have a storefront in October, ready to welcome customers. And other projects we think could connect with the space: mini gallery, mini events, mini gathering, mini workshop, mini printing, mini bookfair… … why all mini ones?

Hia hia, because the space is so little: only 18 m m~! Due to the budget and renting, we cannot afford a larger space. But I am so happy and lucky to find a place that fullfills my little store daydreaming.

So, please wait us for a month, we are now busy in decorating the room. Tired but excited.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Blue and Green

August 1, 2011

I like blue and green.They bring fresh air and nature favour.


July 30, 2011

What has happened in this country depressed me those days. I am afraid I may forget the sadness so I stayed on the internet day and night, reading news and comments. I want to remember these words and pictures, remember their faces and stories. I feel weak and small in this society.

Pray for them.

summerise two sentences i read from web:



My Sketch Book

May 18, 2011

Wei reviewed my sketch book few days ago and found those plants and little friends i painted before.

We had a busy weekend. After working two days and a whole night, Fog Linen Work is finally on sale on the zakka section of Bananafish shopping website. (did you remember i said to myself before i dream to be the distributor of Fog in China last year? i made it : ) )Though we were so tired, we hugged each other happily. The moment of sweet and exciting we will always remember.

If I step out the first one , the following path is the relaxing time. I should be brave to push me with this motto all the time.

Lele changes everyday. He can turn over from face-up to face-down and then face-up and face-down all by his own. you are so cute little crying tomato!

Holiday & everyday cards

April 18, 2011

I am designing some mini holiday and everyday cards for our bookstore customers. May 8 is Mother’s Day.


April 7, 2011

From the beginning of April, Wei’s parents are staying with us until we go to Germany. Little crying tomato is so happy with grandpa and grandma. I also feel relaxed after their arrival. Sparing so much time to make stuffs of my own: drawings, handicrafts, book sale and packing design. It’s such a gift and i am grateful.

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