Baopu #80: Meet Me For Infinite Tea

Yao describes reoccurring dream, where they run into their grandma while taking a walk. In the dream their grandma invites the home for lunch together they have tea and crepes. The dream is tinted with warm watercolors, the sky perfectly golden no matter if outside or inside. This happens across a four panel watercolor.

In the dream, Yao's grandmother's home is perfectly yellow — shown across three watercolor panels. It has warm yellow light flooding every corner and the flowers are in bloom no matter the season. In the final panel, a pink tea pot sits on top of the table. Yao ends their dream by saying, "an ocean between us, at least we can have the tea date that never ends."

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Yao Xiao

Yao Xiao is a China-born illustrator based in New York City. Yao Xiao creates artwork depicting a poetic visual world where complex concepts and human emotions are examined, amplified, and given physical form. Her work has helped people all over the globe connect at unique moments, from the celebration of the 20 Year Anniversary of the SXSW Interactive Festival, to the grand release of pop singer Katy Perry's single 'Dark Horse.' She has created deeply emotional and beautiful graphics for editorial print publications, pop music record covers, concert posters and book covers. Yao Xiao's serialized comic Baopu currently runs monthly on Autostraddle. It is an original comic exploring the nuances in searching for identities, connections and friendships through the fictional life of a young, queer emigrant. Baopu stands for 'holding simplicity,' a Taoist ideal of wishing to return to a simpler state. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Etsy or her website.

Yao has written 132 articles for us.


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