Craft and creativity continues to grow in China, none of which would be possible without the inspired and daring minds behind the ideas and production. We are asking the creative community in China five fun questions to learn a little bit more about the people behind this burgeoning industry. Hope you enjoy! If you think you should be profiled or you know someone creative who should be profiled send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun Hao 孙昊
Hello everyone. My name is Sun Hao, I’m a craftsman who has participated in many creative projects, solving challenging tasks with art. I feel in my element making puppets, working as a production designer and designing installations. When I was younger I wanted to experience and try as much as I could, growing older, I’m aiming more for stability, and hope to take on a new identity in the next two years: a creative dad!
Puppet works for musical “Spring Awakening” 木偶作品, 音乐剧春之觉醒
Steampunk works, personal projects 蒸汽朋克拼凑作品
Props for Union Pay “The Moon Cryptex” by Tianyukong agency
1. Coolest place you’ve been sent for work ? 工作中去过的最有意思的地方是哪里？
2015, Artist Ma Liang’s studio on Ou Yang Road. I’ve first seen Ma Liang’s works and interview in 2005. At that time, I was still studying in Photography department, still learning both traditional and digital photographs. Ma Liang’s works opened the door to a whole new world for me, exciting and terrifying. It influenced me to the extent, that for a while I was a little at a loss when picking up a camera. Just like a two-year-old, whose brand is developing too fast, but whose body coordination cannot keep up. After ten long years of learning and working, occasionally I would remember that strong desire to create, but I didn’t put all effort to pursue it. Ten years later, by chance, I saw a post in Weibo, that Ma Liang’s studio was recruiting an art director. I’ve spent 30 minutes thinking hard about it and then ran to Ma Liang’s studio on Ou Yang Road.
When I think about it now, the coolest, most interesting place must be the one where your heart sighs with anticipation of opportunities, where you revive your past aspirations. Once you walk carefully into that place, with a kind of ceremonial feeling, everything becomes the most interesting.
2. What you wanted to be when you grew up?
Growing up is a romantic and cruel period of time. When I was three years old, I picked up my first camera and brought it through kindergarten to university entrance exams. I thought that I was meant to explore the truth of the world and my inner passion through documentary photography. When I went to art school, it felt that learning commercial photography, photographing still life and models—all of it meant shooting what someone else wanted you to shoot. I’ve entered the film and television industry, and stayed there moving from photographer, videographer, producer, props master, art director, stage art to puppet design, special props, installations…Sometimes I’ve engaged with some areas on a superficial level, sometimes I managed to create something outstanding. As you grow older, put family first, and see yourself clearly, you can only laugh at the failures and successes that you hold in your heart.
In the process of growing up, go all out to do what you want to do! What I want to do now is to be a successful father, at least at the level of primary school textbooks…
Sun Hao’s son Dandan 孙昊儿子蛋蛋
3. Your main strength as a creative person? 作为一个创意人，你的主要优点是什么?
I’ve tried myself in different areas—from film and TV production, stage art, to DIY craft and more complex production processes, and worked with all kinds of materials and technology. Maybe I don’t have a perfect grasp on video production workflow or business logic, but I’ve seen a lot of people, who’re amazing at what they do, and now I’m modest about what I do and how I approach people, does this count as a strength?
Pipit Zakka store– Sun Hao and Gen.2 robots 鸟人杂货铺 二代机器人和孙昊
4. Someone else’s creative project that you’ve been envious of lately? 最近有什么别人的创意项目让你觉得羡慕?
Agency W creative industrial layout, Agency Tianyukong’s (天与空) powerful and unconstrained style, art studio Huima Shijue (绘马视觉) team energy, artist Sun Shiqian’s Transformers series to name a few. I really admire the creativity and creative execution abilities of these people.
Cabbit 2030– giant rabbit for Cabeen brand fashion show at Shanghai Fashion Week
5. Creative person who inspires you? 一位给你灵感的创意人是谁？
Artist Ma Liang. I’m inspired and influenced by his artistic concept and way of thinking. But if the inspiration stays in the mind only, or dies out in practice, there’s no meaning in it. I’m really grateful to all the people who give me an opportunity to release my inspiration.
Ma Liang Hennesy light installation designs 马良 轩尼诗光影装置 – 设计稿梳理
We invite each of the creatives we profile to tag another interesting person for the series. Sun suggested costume designer Wan Zi.