who am I?

I’m Anna, a creative explorer from Scotland and the person behind OiOi Arts. I LOVE travel and experiencing new places and seeing ALL the art!

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.

So, whats NEXT?! This year I will be setting up a FAIR TRADE ARTS PLATFORM which i’m SUPER excited about! As I travelled in SE Asia I was blown away by the skills and artistry of local artists. It saddened me that here they were, selling their masterpieces for peanuts while here in the West they would sell for a lot more- reflecting the skill, passion and time spent to create. THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE CHANGE…
I’m still piecing it together but watch this space for an update soon!
9049
miles travelled
892
cups of tea
469
paintbrushes washed
98
languages overheard
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FEATURED ARTIST INTERVIEW – SHANNON QUICK

This months Featured Artist Interview is with Shannon Quick. You can read all about the North Carolina artist here as he answers my questions..

“My style is very unique and colourful and almost manic”

-Shannon Quick

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Can we talk about Architecture for a minute?!

Can we talk about Architecture for a minute?!

Inspirational, beautiful buildings are everywhere. I love nothing more when visiting a place new than wandering about and looking UP at all the wonderful architecture. OiOi arts even has a dedicated pinterest board full of inspiring buildings! The way art can spill over into so many area’s and genres is something I love. From the traditional fine…

Banksy shred v. Jenny Saville triumph

Banksy shred v. Jenny Saville triumph

Incase you missed it… Last night, after selling for £1,042,000 Girl With Balloon by Banksy, started self shredding at Sotheby’s, London. In a move that could quite as easily have been a bizarre plot twist in a Mission Impossible film, the piece began to ‘self destruct’ as the final hammer came down. Alarms went off and staff took…

Weaving in Laos

Weaving in Laos

Weaving in Laos was a highlight of my stay in Luang Prabang. I think Laos has got to be one of my favorite countries that i’ve been to. In this post i’m looking back at the weaving class I took at Ock Pop Tok. It’s a purpose built centre that employs local artisans, provides classes and…

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Featured Artist Interview – Shannon Quick

Featured Artist Interview – Shannon Quick

This months Featured Artist Interview is with Shannon Quick. You can read all about the North Carolina artist here as he answers my questions..  “My style is very unique and colourful and almost manic” -Shannon Quick   Cheese and Full Moon, courtesy of Shannon Quick   Your style is so in your face, which I love! It…

Featured Artist Interview – Corvid Eyes

Featured Artist Interview – Corvid Eyes

Featured Artist Interview – Corvid Eyes I love a bit of collage, who doesn’t?! The cutting edge (pun most definitely intended!) collages by Corvid Eyes are always intriguing, and with imagery taken from the past, they have a real sense of a by-gone age brought into the 21st century, which I just love! This months…

Wanderlust

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-