Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the first day of 4709!  How are you going to celebrate?  :)

In Chinese (and other Asian countries') culture, this year marks the year of the Dragon.  I've always thought that these New Year celebrations trump our Western ones any day of the week.  I like their horoscope better, too - I'm a "monkey".  Brian is a "tiger".  You can discover your Chinese animal symbol here.

I've written about my love of Chinese ephemera before - from the wonderful books that my friend Suze brought back from China to interesting hell and heaven money to fun matchbox labels.  I guess it makes sense that there'd be a lot of Chinese ephemera floating around, considering that there are many Chinatowns in the U.S. and Canada, not to mention the over 1 billion Chinese folks living on the planet.  :D

Here are some more wonderful Chinese items I have.  I love the use of color!

Interesting joss paper with cut-out faces

Very thin printed paper - NO clue what it's for!

Here are some more collages I've done using my stash of Chinese ephemera - SO much fun to work with!  :D

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