Paperwhite

February 14, 2013

My paperwhite since 2013. The only happy thing about reading is to read more. The new small device makes me away from internet and iphone. Stay more time alone and think more for this moment.

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January 26, 2013

Good day, good night.

Weekend

January 25, 2013

A food photoblog: http://honig.tumblr.com/

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January 22, 2013

Bananafish studio.

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January 20, 2013

My new paper dot bracelet.

The Paper Menagerie

January 17, 2013

A short story and paper crafts are today’s afternoon.
I really love this story by Ken Liu. You can read Chinese version from my right sidebar.

Rainy

January 16, 2013

Dots rain. It is raining here.

I bought a dot cutter. It will bring a lot of fun for my vocation I think!


Falling leaves…

Blue playground

January 15, 2013

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The other sunny day, we took little crying tomato to the river side near our apartment. Playing sands, throwing stones and running together etc. A pleasant family day.

The winter vocation just begins. A really long one. I need to plan well before it is wasted.

I love you

January 10, 2013

他看着我,清楚地对我说:“妈妈,我爱你。”  这三个字虽然我怀疑他并不完全明白它的含义和份量,而每一个字都让我感动到哭。是的,我看着他哭着。他高兴地说:“妈妈,哭大大的,哭大大的。” Wei在旁边肯定地说:他一定知道你需要大声地哭出来,哭能缓解你内心的压力和不快。

我爱你。你们俩。

Green Banana

December 19, 2012

Wei, this is exactly what we what for our Bananafish stuido!!! photo from Booksactually (an adorable bookstore in Singapore)

Room and Room

My all-time-fav website Room and Room begins to repost its site and blog recently (after a long time waiting). I feel a sense of happiness and inner belongings to have it back to my life. To my surprise, it came out a little zine about it 48 rooms, a collection of rooms.

I always wonder why i am so obsessed with this website. Since when? Which could be dating back to the first beginning at the time when I constantly accessed to the internet in the year of 2006. An addiction to other people’s sometimes neat and most of time messy rooms, is the call of the recalling. I missed the days when I lived by my own. Since when I had a relationship with Wei and finally we got married, I lost something. Some hints of self-consciousness, to be the most important among those, that can clear myself towards real life.

Losing substitues missing.
I love old days.

December 16, 2012

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上午陪宝宝在小区周围练习骑自行车,他已经能两个脚蹬着踏板飞快前进了,之后带他去了书店工作室玩,wei正在收拾杂物。书店空间又变换了一下,把工作台面正对着窗户,望着江水和大桥,景色很不错。

中午吃完饭,陪乐乐睡着后叫上wei一起去给工作室添些绿植。两人开着电动车来到市区。哎呀竟然找错了地方!周围一个接一个的特色小吃引诱得我们忘记了失望的心情,边逛边吃,今天下午过得好开心!

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Flora

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December 10

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小西红柿开始拿着蜡笔画一些简单的图形了。自言自语地说着想象的形状和物品:圆形、三角形、横线、苹果、木瓜、太阳月亮和星星、小房子高高楼。

这是和妈妈一起完成的一幅。
下班回家和宝宝在一起的时光。

「a quote from new life 」

November 28, 2012

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We could not think more than this.

Summer

July 15, 2012

Playing with afternoon sunshine.

Falling Leaves

July 14, 2012

Falling leaves from the garden.

Blink

July 10, 2012

New book published by A Perfect Book this July.

Blink…biu…, we are living in another city, my hometown Nanchang. Say goodbye to Dalian, goodbye my blue shop. While I did not feel blue for that. Giving up something is to make up, to make more than before. I found a job here as an English teacher and Wei is trying to find his. We have a regular family life now.

The studio and the online shop stay as it is. We do not expect much more better from it but it’s still a small dream for both of us.

A Rainy Weekend

April 21, 2012

Around the store, the neighborhood has some plants and flowers blossoming in this spring days now. I picked some fresh leaves for shooting photobooks this afternoon.

I have a little change this month, a better one for me and the family. I am happy with that. Thank you my dear Wei.

Waltz for bits

April 13, 2012

相识四年,4月9日,结婚两周年。去年此时,从上海到苏州园林玩了一天。两个人在路边吃晚餐,牵着手一起飞奔在夜里九点,赶至火车站再回上海。我们约定好,每年此日,约于他处,回忆和纪念我们巴黎异地相恋的那段时光。奈何今年的纪念日,只用了一条清蒸鱼面对。坐船荡三个小时去青岛可是想了一个月的事。家事多多,我已无法随时脱离,尽是累人泪。

昨儿两人晚十点从工作室(不开放时的书店)回家,从书店里出来到搭公车的一个上下坡,是很奇妙的一段路。缘由自 童趣、温柔、月光和甜蜜:

锁上卷门两人都会回头望一眼这座蓝房子,不说话,却相望对方,看看蓝房子再看看Wei。他们两个如我内心的两棵种子,摘下去,存心田;

走在半腰,会自动浮现乐乐的小样子和好玩的事,他的调皮和乖巧,两个人都要讲一小段,乐上一会儿;

从来都是顶着月亮或是点点星光离开这里,从坡上一路往下,对面是隐约的山和依附的小屋。春天的这几分钟路像是一座月光桥,踏着柔软的水、伴着几声叮咚声。然而难忘是冬日大雪覆盖那几天,一辈子不忘的彼此温暖和依赖。

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昨晚回家后,Wei说想吃我做的红烧肉。拿出冰箱里买好的上乘的五花肉条,烧水、切姜、葱、蒜,准备桂皮、香叶、八角、冰糖和老抽。他在一旁给我切出每条1.5cm厚的肉块(笑)。大火烧开后转小火,预约三小时,炖到天明。

今早重听Vienna Teng的歌。

Daily

March 23, 2012

个人,社会,与艺术。艺术,说到底就是一种修养。社会,是要去参与、观察、评说,如果可以,甚至是微小,微小地改变。个人,你是怎样的人,做怎样的事,说怎样的话,要有一种胸襟与视野。同理心同感心。感性并不是纯粹的感情用事,而是一种穿透力。穿透了就能感。透过能感而能看见,看见那些看不见的。理性也不是纯然的客观分析与思辩能力,而是能抽离,能看见限制,以及限制以外的可能。-陈宁

Just finished March Zine a few days ago, I can take a break from the busy routine of publishing and bookstore. Since the beginning of 2012, we set a new goal for the whole studio, I feel like working in Bananafish as working for a magazine. Each issue is in a monthly frequency and each month is fulfilled with the same procedures. That is good. Really really stable and comfortable life in Dalian. By the way, I am learning how to share loads of work with my assistants.

Ningville is one of my favorite authors and admirable female friend. From her words, I can always feel tranquility and sensation. That’s what I always lose when I am busy. Ning, Thank you so much for you and your words.

Her blog: http://blog.tianya.cn/ningville

Bookstore view

March 5, 2012

After two months bookstore running, Wei and I are nearly exhausted with our daily routine and loads of work. Publishing and printing take so much energy and time. We decided only to open weekends for the bookstore space. Although we spent much money in designing Bananafish Books storefront, we are struggling to realize that Bananafish Books’ targeted customers are not from local Dalian. The most profit of store comes from our online shop. Customers spread among everywhere and rarely in Dalian city. This is a cruel situation.

While that is fine. Only opening during weekends which can save two more days for publishing and printing projects.

Last night, I cried again. I like crying so much_<.

Tree

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.

Quote

February 25, 2012

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『 如果不是在一种理想中来考察我的生活,那么生活的平庸将使我痛苦不堪,而在我还有这种念头的时候,我们碰见了,你走进了我的生活。你是我最优雅的朋友。这并不困难,因为一看到你我就知道了,你和我站在世界的同一边。更何况,我们还有那一次彻夜的长谈。但是我们的关系里仍有不纯之处,它不能以愉快和不愉快而论。我只想生活得强烈一些,这个态度在你和我的关系里再明显不过了。因为有些时候,情况显然是我把自己的心意强加于你了。欲望受到轻视,行动定要受阻。就是在爱情裡我也体会到这一点。根本不存在出路,只存在幻想…幻想…这致命的东西… 』_《頤和園》(summer palace)

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Hello Spring

February 18, 2012

The apartment where I live now is quite near to two bookstores: Mu Wen Tang and Xinhua Bookstore. I buy all my books in local bookstores except some are not available there. There are two big shelves specializing stocked Japanese novels in Dalian Xinhua. I am so happy to browse books there and take my fav ones home.  These are pocket books which I can read on the way to my own bookstore  by bus and sometimes sunshine follows me. The air is fresh in the morning like soap bubbles… …Spring is coming! Hope is getting warmer and warmer. Wei and I cannot wait taking Little crying tomato to the park and do the exercises.

Have a sweet weekend to you all who is still reading my mini blog.

安房直子

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:

如果有人问起,为什么那么喜欢蓝色呢?我会回答说因为蓝是海和天空的颜色,是最深、最具幻想性的颜色。然而今天想来,那不过是后来想到加上去的理由,所谓喜爱的颜色,和吃东西一样,不可能那么恰当。

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…)

一个早晨的诗情

December 27, 2011

牛和无花果树都不认识你,
马和你家的蚂蚁不认识你,
孩子和下午 不认识你
因为你已长眠。

石头的腰枝不认识你,
你破裂其中的黑段子不认识你。
你沉默的记忆不认识你
因为你已长眠。

秋天会带来白色小蜗牛,
朦胧的葡萄和聚集的山,
没有人会窥视你的眼睛
因为你已长眠。

因为你已长眠,
像大地上所有的死者,
像所有死者被遗忘
在成堆的死狗之间。

没有人认识你。没有。而我歌唱你。
为了子孙我歌唱你的优雅风范。
歌唱你所理解的炉火纯青。
歌唱你对死亡的胃口和对其吻的品尝。
歌唱你勇猛下的喜悦的悲哀。

这要好久,可能的话,才会诞生
一个险要的如此真实丰富的安达卢西亚人,
我用呻吟之词歌唱他的优雅,
我记住橄榄树林的一阵悲风。

One poetry by Federico Lorca I recently read and learn by heart. I wrote it down from my memory. The poetry was translated by Bei Dao, my No.1 poet in the world. Some of the sentences in this poetry touch me so much.

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