Essence Labs

Anatomical jewelry inspired by duckling bones in Beijing's 798 Art District


 Beijing’s 798 Art District has made a mainstream shift in recent years with coffee shops, souvenir stores, flocks of tourists and the usual weekend deploy of an arsenal of digital cameras. 798 has become the center of lighthearted art entertainment, but it still preserves some hidden pearls of creativity like Essence Labs. Opened in 2009 by young designers Yin Xiangkun and Meng Dan, Essence …

Memory II: Hunger

Collective memories of China's Great Famine reinterpreted for the stage

Two years after Memory I, famed documentarian Wu Wenguang and choreographer Wen Hui are back with a new performance that challenges the boundaries of art to reconnect people to a disappearing past. In the summer of 2009, the pair began work on a documentary film project to chronicle the events that took place during the “Great Chinese Famine” between 1959-1961. By the summer of 2010, …

Tranquil Tuesdays

Our interview with Charlene Wang on her socially responsible tea brand

In a cozy showroom nestled in the alleys of old Beijing, we met Charlene Wang of Tranquil Tuesdays upon her return from the spring harvest of white peony tea in Fujian province. Wang has combined her passion for tea and her background as a US State Department human rights officer to create her brand, which aims to bring back the purity of ancient tea tradition. …