N_STORE: EXPLORING THE CORNERSTONES OF CREATIVITY

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HONG KONG | Chinese traditional calligraphy and modern dance blended with the works of Hong Kong's independent artists. That's the very interesting combination suggested by the creative team behind N_Store. The showroom/workshop is located in an industrial building in Kwai Fong. Neat walls, the artistic murals and the cozy atmosphere contrast with the long corridors and big metal doors typical of the city's industrial areas. N_Store was created by a bunch of friends keen on Hong Kong's independent artistic scene. They hold exhibitions that showcase collaborations between different artists; and they sell all sorts of items that they buy when they travel around the world. Chinese calligraphy is the theme of the ongoing exhibition, which this time it also includes a breathtaking modern dance performance inspired by the  old Chinese art of drawing characters with  a brush and ink. Dancer Felix Ke recreates the emotions behind the word "love" in traditional Chinese and how its meaning evolved throughout the years as the language evolved. In the meantime, artist Draword draws the different forms of the Chinese word with brush and ink, which are projected on a wall. The very interesting cross field collaboration also  involves the realms of fashion and illustration. Fashion designer Janko Lam, from Classics Anew, borrowed some of her bespoke Cheong Sam (the traditional Chinese dress). With a modern spin, they are made with recycled denim fabric and decorated with paint imitating the strokes of Chinese characters. DIY JASON unconventional stamps give visitors the opportunity to be creative and play with the shapes and beautiful strokes of Chinese characters. Lastly, the works of local artists NGO and Nothing Serious complement the exhibition with a few illustrations intertwining Chinese calligraphy with their typical characters. Exhibition on display until 28th February 2016. Last chance to see the dance performance on the 21st February at 8pm. PHOTOS BY EARTH TO IRIS.   N_Store Workshop 20, 2/f, Golden Industrial Building, 16-26 Kwai Tak Street, Kwai Fong. Hong Kong S.A.R. See on Google maps.  

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