I am combining my love of all things arty with my need to travel, resulting in the creation of OiOi Arts! The name stems partly from my time in Vietnam where ơi is used endearingly in greetings with the appropriate pronoun, as well as my own way of getting the attention of students in a class by shouting oi!
OiOi Arts is a kind of East meets West fusion!
I have discovered that Art is something that transcends language. I have worked with children with little or no English but through creativity, the barrier that language poses just melts away. Its a great way to interact, push boundaries and meet people that you might not ordinarily have the opportunity to do so otherwise. I have travelled through SE Asia and parts of Europe, engaging artistically with local communities, transferring skills and giving something back as I take incredible experiences and learn new skills in the process.
Featured Artist – Kim Youdan
Kim is the artist and founder of VagaBeyond, which is, in her own words:
“a concoction of art, photography and travel”
As the ethos behind OiOi Arts is: ART, TRAVEL and CULTURE, interviewing Kim, who is currently in Mexico, seemed like a match made in heaven!
Photography is at the heart of her work. Capturing the soul of the places she visits is a starting point from which bold strokes of colour are applied, to highlight and draw you into the work. It is a really simplistic yet highly effective way of working, where the images really speak for themselves. The addition of painterly layers plays a supporting role, giving them an added punch!
Along with building a FAIR TRADE ARTS PLATFORM this year, to help support and promote local SE Asian artists, I also want to continue promoting and giving exposure to ALL ARTISTS! Artists
JUST. LIKE. YOU!
I will also be introducing new info blog bites! on Art as a Business and how to get ahead. I understand the difficulties facing you in the ARTS niche, especially as you start out!
Where do I start? what social media should I use? do I need a shop? how do I market myself? HELP!?
I want to answer these questions and share tips, templates and more! to help YOU succeed. So, get involved and follow, like, SHARE and tweet us!
I LOVE to travel. This is not a secret! In fact if you keep up with me on social media (and my other blog posts) you’ll see that I pop up here there and everywhere! I love nothing more than seeking out the art that makes a place unique… …wherever that may be (and usually…
Japan is like no place I’ve ever experienced before. It’s amazing! Filled with a buzz and energy, it lived up to and surpassed all expectations I had. It is a full assault of the senses: bright lights complete with mechanical sea creatures, old and new architecture, the smell and taste of tantalising food, the feel…
Kim is the artist and founder of VagaBeyond, which is, in her own words: “a concoction of ART, PHOTOGRAPHY and TRAVEL” As the ethos behind OiOi Arts is ART, TRAVEL and CULTURE, interviewing Kim who is currently in Mexico, seemed like a match made in heaven! Photography is at the heart of her work. Capturing the…
To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.
-Hans Christian Andersen-