Be Water Journal explores creative culture in China


From Guangzhou, China, a new magazine is looking at the country’s creative capital. Be Water Journal shines a light on artisans, fashion designers, antique collectors and photographers, with long-form interviews that explore the way they look at the world. It’s a beautiful object, with a cover debossed with the magazine’s name in Mandarin, and four distinct kinds of carefully selected paper stocks.

Inside, 20-40 pages can be devoted to one single individual, taking time to walk around their studio or showcase their designs, while intimate discussions let you understand their creative processes and inspirations. It is all written in Mandarin but there’s an easy-to-follow translation supplement. I really enjoyed encountering a trove of new artists in this magazine, from a stylist with an affinity for elderly Guangzhou citizens to a heartfelt project on pagodas. Find out more in our video review.

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