I re-designed my old work — ‘J23′(2008) to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of AIR JORDAN in 2015!
In 2008, I designed the ‘J23′ logo based on the outline of the ‘AIR JORDAN XX3′ logo.
Within the design, the traditional Chinese characters ‘喬丹(JORDAN)’ is made up by the 6 letters of ‘JORDAN’.
Pay my respect to the legend — Michael Jordan!
From 2012, I started an individual project based on Chinese Zodiac. Actually an experimental for myself. One of one kind handmade.
For each year’s edition, I wanted to put some fresh ideas and skills which I’d got in the past year into the making process. For the Year of the Goat Custom Edition, I chose 3M Reflective material for this pair of new Lunar Force 1.
The main patterns are inspired by the goat horn, also the style of Mongolian pattern and Mongolian calligraphy. They are connected together to fit the shape of different parts — cover the toe cap, upper, vamp and heel, including my ZJ DESIGN Logo. The Chinese characters ’乙 Yi’ and ‘未 Wei’ are put on each label of tongues, ‘Yi Wei Year’ is another saying of ‘Year of the Goat’. A big Chinese character ’羊 Yang’ (Goat) covers the heel part. Both reflective ZJ DESIGN logo labels are put on the inner soles as well.
This handcrafted Edition of Oakley Frogskins ‘Air Jordan’. It’s dedicated to the upcoming 30th Anni of Air Jordan and 40th Anni of Oakley in 2015.
I just unveiled the latest creation based on a pair of adidas Climachill running shoes. It’s a one of one kind crossover work between my personal label ZJ DESIGN and Sneaker Pimps.
Transformed the breathable vamp texture to fit the outline of face.
I also made a special edition for the famous Hong Kong-based actor Yue Man-Lok (余文樂, Shawn Yue).
Take a look the 15s video from his Instagram post:
I was invited to share my story and artworks as a part of the latest Shoes Up 043 “Inside China” issue. Also see my new work — Reebok Pump Mask on the amazing cover.
Click and take a detail view about my interview below.
This issue will be available in French on Sep. 4, 2014 and soon worldwide.
Special thanks: Shaoping Wang
With Usain Bolt
Check my Instagram for more pics.
The crackle glaze is a very special effect of Ge Kiln (哥窑 /gē yáo/, one of the five old famous porcelain kilns in Song Dynasty). The cracking pattern is put on the Puma Formstrip logo.
The two Chinese calligraphy style characters are composed by U-S-A-I-N and B-O-L-T, in the natural grey color of clay which the ancient craftsmen used to make the porcelain.
On Sep.1, 2014, I was so glad to be invited by Puma to meet up with Usain Bolt in Shanghai, and gave him this special gift.
It also represents all the best wishes to Usian Bolt from China.
Puma Mobium Speed Elite “China” Custom Edition
It’s great honor to work with Nice Kicks to make a special combination of our cities — Texas (Bluebonnet) and Beijing (China rose).
In the drawing process, I used both techniques from Chinese and Western — the western oil painting for the ‘Bluebonnet’ and the traditional Chinese fine arts painting for ‘China rose’.
On the each of the tongues, ‘Texas’ is composed in the typeface of Nice Kicks and in Blue and Red (The color of Texas State Flag). “Beijing” is composed in the typeface of ZJ DESIGN and in Yellow (The color of Imperial).
Both the Nice Kicks and ZJ DESIGN logos can be found on the inside of the rear sole and sock liners as well.
In the making process of this custom Faas Mask, all materials come from the newest running shoes — Puma Faas 300 v3. After dissected the upper vamp, remove the foam inside to reduce weight, punching holes for more breathable. Then restructured the different parts together.
Actually, the Faas Mask was composed by 4 component parts — the upper part, the bottom main part, a inserted filter(Effective protection against PM2.5) and a shoe lace. all the parts are designed to connect by the shoe lace, It’s quite fit for both day and night running due to 3M Puma logo, more safety for runners.
Before 10K test run.
I finished the 10K test run (Puma ‘Beijing Run Fesitival’ 2014) for the Faas Mask. This mask was approved.
Creative works change life. Say ‘No’ to PM2.5 (GOV).
I’d like to introduce the 2nd edition of my ‘Flyknit Mask’ project. Compare with the 1st edition, this new mask features lace lock and elastic lock and some new parts in detail. More convenient to replace the filter inside, more breathable and lightweight. It was designed to protect city runners from the harm of air pollution.
Inspired by the air pollution issue which all the city runners must face. I dissected a pair of Nike Flyknit Racer to create out this totally new stuff, people never seen before. I made this conceptive work for protecting city runners, me included.