Ningbo Drawing Circle: a short interview with Ningbo TV

Hiya, here is an update about the short interview Gillian and I had with Ningbo TV. Ningbo Drawing Circle is part of Brew Drawing project. An article for the series of “I am in Zhejiang” covering foreigners live in Zhejiang province, is available though the Wechat article can be found here. And a link to the 3 minutes video in QQ is as follow. Thank you for the volunteers (Agathe, Sarah, Sedat, Mike and Magda), Clotilde and Wery and also the NBTV crew.

Link to the short video (3 mins).

Lastly, the behind the scene pictures:

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DCC18 conference: list of papers

List of papers could be found here:

Bringing artificial intelligence, cognitive science and computational theories to design research. July 2018. Politecnico di Milano, Italy.


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Ningbo Focus November 2017

A little bit something about myself and our life in Ningbo, China. Ningbo is a home of 7 million people, 2 hours away on high speed train from Shanghai, and only an hour away from Hangzhou. Just a hop skip away. Ningbo is good compromise between urban life and nature, and the campus is our home. Matt and I came nearly  5 years ago to the University of Nottingham ( in its China campus. The university has 3 campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia).  After 8 months I decided to pursue a PhD degree, and that is me for the time being 🙂  Ningbo Foreign Ladies Group (NFLG) provides a great support system, thank you Ayleen from NFLG for giving  me the opportunity. And also Ningbo Focus.

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Life Cycle 7 Endurance Ride 2017

It is that time of the year again, Life Cycle time. The 4 days endurance ride covering up to 540km in Zhejiang province. We will be riding next week, from October 3rd to 6th. A much bigger riding team (18 cyclists) and a logistics team. Stay tuned for updates.

In the meanwhile, here is a glimpse of the endurance ride last year (LC6).

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Drawing Circle 2 Mini Exhibition and the Opening Party

It was a wrap. This is the end of second year of the drawing circle, and I am happy to say that am glad I initiated the circle two years ago. Thank you for all sketchers, contributors and special thanks to James Johnson-Perkins for the music. I hope you all had a good time!! Links and some prep posters leading to the event as follow. Check out the time lapse video too, an embedded Youtube video.  The sketches will be exhibited at the gallery until June 10th, feel free to pop in. Click here for more information about what is the circle all about.

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Research seminar: Friday, May 26th

A quick heads up about an upcoming research seminar on a short paper I just submitted. It is part of my methodology exploration of my PhD project, illustrating a possible use of developed JavaScript program of adapted coding schemes. The developed scheme recognises distinctive processes within Cognition, Body and Environment categories. Linkography can be drawn within these categories with degree of flexibility in terms of data presentation. In this paper, a forty-five minute verbal data derived from a sketching session is used to illustrate to possible use of the program. The online program (hosted in Github) is in early stage of development and feedback is very much appreciated.

Date & time: 26 May (Friday) 2-3pm

Venue: PMB (previously SEB) 409, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Topic: Cognition beyond Designers’ Thoughts, an Aid to Investigate the Interplay of External and Internal Processes


Note: the first program was developed last year to help to illustrate links between design moves, click here for more information. It is based on Linkography (developed by Gabriela Goldschmit), but in a very basic term. The program generates links’ illustration between moves rather than inferring links manually.

Big thank you to Haozhe Zhang.

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Drawing Circle 2 Exhibition- Venue

Map to the exhibition venue (an alley opposite Incity- Yinzhou district):


“Visual brain spew in a collective sketchbook!” is what the Drawing Circle in a nutshell.

SAVE THE DATE: 27 May 2017 at 6:30-8:30pm for the opening party. It is open to public and free admission, drinks can be purchase on the spot. Meet the sketchers (first and second year) and like minded people. The event is supported by Plus- furnishing and decor art and myself as the curator. All artworks courtesy (and made by) 12+1 sketchers who shared the same sketchbook for the last year.

The 12 sketchers are: Clotilde Sun, Yasmin Morgan, Esther Li, Jasmin Song, Zhan Xu, Elenor Smith & Elsa Smith, Kashan Sing, Troy Chen, Jon Castro, Gabriella Buttarazzi, Amarpreet Gill and Garima Gupta.

About the exhibition: This mini exhibition is fruit of the collective and collaborative effort of 13 sketchers (the loving sisters Elenor and Elsa shared the book) over a one year period. The drawing circle idea is: 12 sketchers, sharing the same sketchbook, with each sketcher keeping the book for a month. Afterwards, the book was passed to the next person until the end of the year.

Link to the Drawing Circle page  click here

Link to an introduction of the second year in Ningbo Guide June 2016 click here

A glimpse of the exhibition venue click here.

Link to previous event last year, the Ningbo Local Drawing Circle 1 mini exhibition (photography and video) click here

When the Drawing Circle was started in March 2015. It was adopted from Brew Drawing Circles. click here.


The second year’s sketchbook video (YouTube):

Bye for now and hope to see you there. Mia.

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Drawing Circle 2 Mini Exhibition- Sneak Preview

The second year of Ningbo Local Drawing Circle is coming to an end soon. Similarly with last year, we will be exhibiting the work which has been produced by 12 sketchers + 1 montage work as an introduction to the second year. The plan is before the summer break starts, the opening party will be on May 27th. An exclusive sneak preview of the gallery/design company/cafe; Plus- furnishing decoration and art; is here. This is going to be the end of the local drawing circle journey for me, hopefully we will see you there! Similarly, there will be an opening party and it will be opened for public. Stay tuned for more details of the event.

Click here for what is Drawing Circle year 1 and year 2 all about.

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Note: Last year’s opening party coverage and timelapse can be found here.

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