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Beijing artist Li Xiaofeng makes clothing from ancient pottery shards. That’s about all one can dig up from the same reposted text that appears throughout the blogosphere. Here and there is the odd mention of his commission from Lacoste to brand Qing and Ming dynasty shards with the company’s trademark crocodile. Google yields little discussion of other works, except that he has been obsessed with collecting and sorting ancient pottery for a long time.
Li’s designs call to mind the seedy glamor of pre-war Shanghai, when the cityscape was a curious mix of British bankers, Chinese peasants and China Marines. One need look no further than Wong Kar-Wai’s sultry, haunting In The Mood for Love for evidence of the incredible richness of the Shanghainese aesthetic at that time.