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CULTURAL EVOLUTION CHINA 2005 – 2010 a book of photographs by Lionel Derimais / text by Mary Kay Magistad

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Hello again dear Nicely Made in China readers, 

It’s been a while, I know.  I do hope you are all safe and well as the whole world is in the middle of a second tumultuous year.  Like many of you, I’ve used my time to complete a project close to my heart.  Some of you may know that besides producing the NMiC blog since 2009, I am first and foremost a working professional photographer. 

Today I am pleased to announce that after years of preparation, I am launching a book of photographs called “Cultural Evolution China 2005-2010”.  It is now available for sale via my website – please click on this link to buy the book. Text in the book (essay, biographies, captions) are in 3 languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin) and French.   

In 2004 as I was looking around for a new challenge, a friend suggested that I consider going to China to witness the preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as it would surely become one of the biggest stories in the world. Not long afterwards, on a hot day in August 2005 I landed at Beijing International airport, minus my suitcase, which had not managed to make the flight transfer at Heathrow as successfully as I had. And so it started – life, on the building site that was to become modern Beijing, indeed a lot of China – quickly turned into my biggest professional adventure. 

I immediately started taking pictures on the streets of Beijing. The photographs in the book have at their heart, China and the Chinese people who I count myself lucky to have lived and worked with for 5 fascinating years. The 88 pictures of the book were taken at a time when “China changed the world and the world changed China”, as American journalist Mary Kay Magistad writes in her 2500-word essay, written specially for the book. Her experience of more than 15 years reporting from this part of the world adds the often hidden context for the pictures.  She offers a broader view and a deep understanding of the country’s realities and challenges as China very consciously turned towards the outside world and moved into the 21st century. 

Producing this book has been a collective and multicultural effort. For the picture selection, I worked with Marie-Anne Méhay, a Paris-based picture editor and friend. We chose the final 88 pictures from the thousands I had taken during my time in China. Marie-Anne’s sharp eye and sound judgment ensured a continuity of story and meaning to the collection.

For the book design, I turned to British art director Martin Colyer hailing from another ‘Far East’, the East End of London.  We have worked together many times in the past.  I hope you will agree, thanks to Martin, we have produced a stylish and evocative book.

To help me with the French text I called upon Paris-based writer / journalist Jean-Michel Masqué. Jean-Michel, always a voracious reader has a way with words that is unparalleled.

But nothing could have happened without the generous and enthusiastic help of Ms Zhao Jia, from Hangzhou. Jia has supported me through the production of the book, but she was also present when many of the photographs were taken.  Her calming presence and professionalism meant that I could quickly grasp a situation and guarantee a story’s successful outcome.  Additionally, Jia translated the text into Chinese and shared the all important Chinese perspective.  

Finally, it is my hope that you will see through my pictures a refreshing and appreciative view of this extraordinary country at an historic time, and that you will enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed the making of it.

The price of the book is €35 (Thirty Five Euros) and depending on the exchange rate more or less US$42 or £30 + postage and local taxes when applicable.

Some images of the book are available as fine art prints. If you would like to know more about those prints – size, prices, type of paper – please contact me directly at lionel[at]lionelderimais[dot]com

WEBSITE TO BUY “CULTURAL EVOLUTION / CHINA 2005 -2010”

KHUNU / YAK WOOL LATEST KNITWEAR PRODUCTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2014

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Christmas is upon us – a very cold winter is predicted! – and Nicely Made in China (NMiC) has asked Khunu’s founder Julian Wilson what his company has in store to keep us warm in the coming months. New accessories have arrived – beanies, pompom hats, scarves – plus the classic and timeless sweaters all in pure yak wool from the Tibetan plateau.

For our readers who don’t know Khunu, the first article we wrote about it is here.

www.khunu.com

For her: This scarf is knitted using a highly textured seed stitch and is available in plain and marled colour options using mostly non-dyed yarns. Warm, natural and extremely cosy. 
Gift for him and for her: For cold feet these mid-length versatile outdoor socks. Composed of 56% yak wool and very comfortable – check Khunu website for full composition. Great resistance to odour.
For her: Traditional knit which originated on Fair Isle, a remote island off the north coast of Scotland. Using neutral and mostly non-dyed yarns we’ve combined one of the island’s classic pattern with a heavy knit to create a versatile infinity scarf that can be adapted to a wide variety of uses, and will be super cozy this winter.
For him: The houndstooth pattern originates from the Scottish Lowlands, and has become a classic pattern for both woven and knit wear.
Unisex: The traditional ribbed knit and pompom create a classic winter look that works equally well for boys and girls.
Unisex: The beanies are made from pure yak yarn knitted in using a garter stitch edged with a dense rib finish.
For him: Shawl collars are a dashing and versatile way to keep warm during the winter.
For her: Our latest incarnation of the Travel Wrap is made from 100% pure yak wool sourced from the Tibetan plateau. The black and natural grey yarns are woven together to give a beautiful two-toned texture and a finish that feels both soft and warm.

For her: The latest Khunu women’s sweater is made from luxurious 90% yak wool and 10% silk yarn for a beautiful handle and great comfort.

 

WHAT’S NEW? KATRIN REINFURT MPMP FASHION DESIGN

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We wish you a happy new year of the horse!  You may have noticed that we recently had a break from publishing in order to take stock and revitalize our efforts.  Now we’re back and glad to continue bringing you news about quality products and services from China.

At Nicely Made in China (NMiC) we like to keep track of the companies we’ve featured in the past.  So, to begin this Nicely Made in China 2.0 we caught up with Katrin Reinfurt in Paris.  An emerging talent in the fashion world with her brand Magnetosphere Prospecting and Monitoring Program (MPMP), Katrin (normally Beijing-based) was at Paris Fashion show collaborating with Walter van Beirendonck no less!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR OF THE SNAKE

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Nicely Made in China (NMiC) would like to wish all our readers and loyal sponsors (Beijing-based travel agent Travel-Stone, joint ventures & mergers specialists Palazzari & Turries) a very happy new year of the snake. May this year bring you and your loved ones happiness, health and good fortune.

NMiC’S EXPERT’S CORNER: HOW TO MAINTAIN DIFFERENT TYPES OF FABRICS. (Sponsored article)

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There’s nothing worse than getting a stain on your favorite garment and not knowing how to clean it. In the following article Virginie Fournier – owner and main designer of Shanghai Trio – and one of Nicely Made in China’s partners – gives Nicely Made in China readers a few tips on how to keep delicate and favorite articles in good shape for a long time.

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NICELY MADE IN CHINA ARTIKEL IN DEUTSCHER SPRACHE

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Für unsere Leser, die gerne auf Deutsch lesen wir jetzt ein paar Artikel in deutscher Sprache:  www.nicelymadeinchina.com/de

MEUH! / FASHION DESIGN

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Latest: Meuh! stopped its activities in June 2012.

This week’s story comes from “Paris of the East”, as Shanghai used to be fondly known.  We meet Hélène Meunier, a young French mother of 2, long term Shanghai resident and the creator of the Meuh! fashion brand. Nicely Made in China (NMiC) caught up with her between fittings to talk about her love of vintage clothes and how her brand has been adopted by fashion-conscious Shanghai “belles”.

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NICELY MADE in CHINA VIDEO / PART 2

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We invite you to watch the second part of CreativCulture’s owner Daniel Meller’s interview!

NICELY MADE in CHINA VIDEO / CREATIVCULTURE

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Nicely Made in China (NMIC) is now happy to announce that we will show videos of our stories. Today we begin with Daniel Meller, the owner of CreativCulture – featured a month ago – who tells us his story. We are still at a trial stage, please don’t hesitate to leave comments and suggestions.

500 FANS ON FACEBOOK!

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500 people from all over the world have now registered as Nicely Made in China fans!

Dear readers

Nicely Made in China (NMiC) is happy to announce that today the 500 fans mark was reached on our Facebook page!

We take this opportunity to also thank the 160 who have registered to receive our newsletter and the 400 readers who follow Nicely Made in China via RSS.

We wish you all a nice month of August!