Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at Qing Art. x

This week brought in the calming and comforting Year of the Sheep. So, good bye to the Horse Year, and thank you for the ride, but now we would like to concentrate on things in hand, take stock of what we have and move forward slowly, enjoying the time doing so.

It really is the start of a new beginning, so not surprisingly that we call it Chinese New Year, but what we should be calling it is ‘Spring Festival’, as that’s what it is known as in China. Like our Spring it symbolises new life, new beginnings and the start of things to come. We like that here at Qing, especially after our own New Year. :)

And with that we say ‘Xin Nian Kuai Le!’…or Happy New Year to you. You’ll see lots of people exclaiming ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’, the Cantonese equivalent greeting, but strictly speaking this means ‘good luck’, or ‘prosper’, so you don’t hear that much in mainland China. Either way, a bit of both might be nice eh! And we sincerely hope you get some too.

Happy New Year from Anne-Marie, Simon and Mao Ping. x

 

Designer Insights! Fabulous blog from Terry’s blinds.

There are times when I think, ‘Ooh, I must blog that’, then the time goes and before you know it and you’re onto something else. My Achillies Heel and one that I constantly tell myself off over! Then something comes along to make you think, Wow!, That’s why I should blog. This particular thing was the wonderful blog by a firm called Terry’s Blinds up in Stoke on Trent, and their designer insights feature.

Being in the interiors business it is great to follow other interior companies and specialists on Twitter and Facebook, to get ideas and share insights. So, when I was asked by Terry’s Blinds to write up my top tips for current designs, I was both delighted and inspired. There are so many things going on at the moment, we are currently being asked a lot about colour, seating and individual pieces that will mix and match in a home. How do I get all of this across in a blog post? Well, Terry’s Blinds blog does just that. A simple question and answer format, with beautiful photographs, I couldn’t have done better if I’d tried! Not only did it give me a chance to explain about Qing art, what makes us special and why we do this, I could let people know the latest trends with us and show pieces that are gaining a lot of interest. Then, on top of that, I got to look at all the other designers insights and get ideas there too! Just what I needed.

So, here I sit, at my computer, blogging and already thinking of the next thing I want to write! Thanks Terry’s Blinds, great to get to know you and I look forward to more of your posts in the future.

Courtesy of: Terrys Blinds

 

Beijing and Beyond! A week’t trip to see our wonderful artists.

Steps up to the Bamboo Grove in Dong Lin Temple, Jiangxi.

What a week! To start with the weather out in China at the moment is amazing, I’d forgotten what Spring was meant to be like. Bright days, sunshine and budding green leaves sprouting up everywhere. Why don’t I go to China in the Spring more often? I’m pencilling it in for next year!

After having to cancel our Christmas trip it was wonderful to go over and see all our lovely and very talented friends. We have brand new art from An Gu Yu, gorgeous ceramics from the brothers Li and a new jewellery designer looks like it is on the cards! You can get a lot done in a week and Mao Ping and I certainly did. We don’t waste a minute and as soon as I landed I was whisked off to see Yue and his new range of furntiure…closely followed by lunch! Well, it would seem rude not to make the most of the opportunites to eat all that delicious food that I miss so much!

Life was not all work though and with a trip down south to see new ceramicists we managed to capture a bit of time to play too.

Mao Ping in Dong Lin Temple.

Dong Lin Temple in Jiangxi, the provence where Li’s brother has his pottery studio is beautiful and gave us time to reflect on Qing Art’s wonderful five year history and think afresh to the next five years! We even had time to climb the incredible stone stairway to the top surrounded by nothing but bamboo and the sound of birds. Bliss.   

Over the next few blog posts I’ll update you on our new stock, our new ventures and show you some of the behind the scenes images of our artists. Until then, it’s great to be back. It’s even better now the sun is coming out here! And lovely to hear from our many customers through Facebook and Twitter. Please let your friends know we’re on there  if they are not following us already. Thank you!       

Anne-Marie  x