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Decoupage with Chinese Propaganda Photos & Finnish Comic Art

I had some decoupage glue arrive from Fred Aldous a couple of weeks ago and have been going a bit crazy with it. Even the shoe-rack in the hall ended up getting decoupaged.

I also used it to cover two boxes which I use to hold bits & bobs – brooches, hair pins, etc.

One was a nice wooden box but I wasn’t crazy about the images painted on it. Plus, I’ve had it for a long time so I thought a change might be nice. I used a number of Chinese Mao-era photographs taken from a magazine article – mainly pictures of rallies – to decorate the box. These were glued on and then given a couple of coats of garnish for a secure finish.

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The second box was a cardboard box with drawers purchased cheaply for the purpose of decoupage. I covered this one with images from an anthology comic which I picked up last year at an exhibition of comic art at the Design Museum in Helsinki.

Decoupage box with Finnish comic art
Decoupage box with Finnish comic art

Decoupage box with Finnish comic art
Decoupage box with Finnish comic art


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Chen Man exhibition at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

Me and Phil spent the weekend in Manchester, visiting galleries, shopping & generally wandering around. One of the reasons we made the trip was to see the Chen Man exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre. Chen Man is a leading fashion photographer within China, but this is her first solo exhibition in the UK. I wasn’t previously familiar with her work, but knew it as for me when I saw the exhibition advertised! Chen Man’s work has a very kitsch, stylised look – with her images heavily edited in post-production. I found some of her work, in particular the second image below, reminiscent of Liu Ye. The exhibition is only small (as is the gallery as a whole) but includes a mixture of early and more recent works, including the following:

From the Double Mickey series:

Chen Man Exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

From the Young Pioneers series:

Chen Man Exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

From the Vision magazine cover series:

Chen Man Exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester

Chen Man Exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester