For the upcoming ‘Year of the Monkey’. 🐒
As the 5th works of my Chinese Zodiac Series, I prepared a lot this time. Self-learning the skills for all process to creating shoes by hand. I selected the vegetable tanned leather which was imported from Italy. All the graphics was presented on the leather by laser. Hand dyeing the bottom layer of swoosh.
One year ago, I was pleasure to attend the shooting for PUMA x ICNY in the Hutong of Beijing, wore my handmade Faas Mask.
All 3M pack was lightening the dark cold late autumn night, shocked the people who had passed by.
Creative by Greg & Jay, and their Black Rainbow Agency team.
Photo by Mathias
Dedicated to the city #Boston where New Balance was founded in 1906.
Photo by @sexxxxxysp
This is my latest work created besed on a pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Zante. I tried to transform the uppers together into a fresh new mask. It quite fit to my face.
Keep the simple concept.
Photo by: @sexxxxxysp
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