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!
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miles travelled
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cups of tea
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paintbrushes washed
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languages overheard
FEATURED ARTIST

FEATURED ARTIST INTERVIEW – DOMINIK JASINSKI

When I stumbled across artist Dominik Jasinski I immediately reached out to the Polish native to be a Featured Artist on OiOi Arts!

I love his unique style! His paintings bring such a warmth of energy with them, and then of course there are the florals! Anyone who knows me personally can tell you I’m a sucker for anything involving florals!

Dominik took some time out from his busy schedule to answer my questions. Continue reading to get an insight into this incredible artist and find out what he’s up to!

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Porto Tile Painting Experience!

Porto Tile Painting Experience!

During my Porto trip I took part in a tile painting experience with the lovely Francisco and I can’t rave about it enough! You’ll have no doubt seen all my Porto posts over the past week on instagram, giving daily updates. I’ve been feverishly editing photos and putting together 2 fab posts… Starting with  the…

Open Studios

Open Studios

Looking for Christmas gift ideas? If you’re in Edinburgh this weekend there are a number of open studio events where you can buy local and get some of those presents ticked off the list! Let me take you through my TOP picks! …AND EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT IN TOWN… never fear, i’ve linked to the…

Modern one & two

Modern one & two

Visiting art galleries always lifts me up. Today I took in the newly opened exhibitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (one & two) in Edinburgh – totally recommend them! *Exhibition information at the end This morning I woke up in the worst mood, I felt like there was an actual storm cloud…

ARTICLES &INTERVIEWS
Featured Artist Interview – Dominik Jasinski

Featured Artist Interview – Dominik Jasinski

When I stumbled across artist Dominik Jasinski I immediately reached out to the Polish native to be a Featured Artist on OiOi Arts! I love his unique style! His paintings bring such a warmth of energy with them, and then of course there are the florals! Anyone who knows me personally can tell you I’m…

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…

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-