|With all the crazy weather we have been having here in SF, it hasn't been easy to get to Chinatown....but I have been determined to try..|
|You've gotta pick your days...|
Things are rarely closed in Chinatown but Chinese New Year is the exception and a lot of places are closed for the holiday.
|I went the day after (the first day of) Chinese New Year purposely...because I know what I will find all over the streets....|
|A lot of the paper displays are outdoors too so a rainy day wouldn't be ideal.|
|I'm sure you all know it's the Year of the Pig...|
|Red envelopes with pigs on them are all over the place...I must have red envelopes with all of the twelve animals on them...|
I've been at this for a long time.
|I love the joss paper shops -- inside the shop it is about 99% paper! Who doesn't love a shop filled with paper?|
|You need some new clothes?|
Probably better to hang on the wall than try to wear though..
|This paper outfit is quite fetching, don't you think?|
|Short on money? Here you go.|
|All kinds of pretty paper envelopes to choose from.|
|So, my rule is, if I bring it into my studio I've got to USE it. I have a vintage Chinese notebook and I am filling it with papers and photos from Chinatown...and...|
|I made a set of Chinese New Year artist trading cards and put them in a take out container a pal sent me...|