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…

A Mexican Adventure to MUSA!

A Mexican Adventure to MUSA!

Therefore Where? A couple of years ago I had the chance to visit Isla Mujeres in Mexico. It was AMAZING. All the COLOUR, creativity (and of course food!) was so energising! A Mexican Adventure to MUSA While there I visited the underwater world of Jason deCaires Taylor. The purpose built underwater museum, MUSA, is just off…

Blog Win – Sunshine Blogger Award

Blog Win – Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy. A lot of the time we find ourselves following our passion but feeling quite isolated. It’s not your “conventional job” so not everyone GETS it. For me, receiving this award meant that all of my hard work was actually being noticed!…

5 Arty things to do in Florence

5 Arty things to do in Florence

There is SO much to see and do in Florence and if ART is your thing, it’s THE place to be! I visited last week and as [just a bit!] of an art enthusiast, loved every second. It’s not a huge place so you can comfortably do it in a couple of days… if you’re…

Street Art in Florence

Street Art in Florence

Of course a city visit wouldn’t be complete without a STREET ART recce! As a city renowned for housing some of Europe’s most recognisable pieces, I had always been curious to see what the current, more contemporary vibe was at street level. I was actually pretty surprised there wasn’t more! From what I did see,…

Street Art Experience in Florence

Street Art Experience in Florence

I loved seeing all the great art in Florence. I visited the Uffizi and saw the Birth of Venus, I took in the beautiful Boboli gardens and walked the streets, taking in the atmosphere and Florentine architecture. I even brought home my own tiny David statue – yes, i’m THAT tourist apparently! BUT I wanted more.…

Dorset Art Weeks – Rouwen and Reeve

Dorset Art Weeks – Rouwen and Reeve

Living on the county border down in Somerset has many advantages, one of them being that local artists open up their studios and showcase their art. This past weekend I visited some venues taking part in the Dorset Art Weeks. Last September I blogged about the Somerset Art Weeks so it was nice to see…

Japanese Batik – Japan Series

Japanese Batik – Japan Series

Would it even be an OiOi Arts trip if it didn’t feature a batik class along the way?! My finished Roketsu batik! While in the beautiful Kyoto I visited the Roketsu Dyeing Studio… in the Yamamoto district and had a great afternoon creating my own Noren (Japanese style batik curtain). Made up from two panels,…

TOKYO – Japan Series

TOKYO – Japan Series

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…

Bali Blog Series – Part 3

Bali Blog Series – Part 3

For the third and final post in the Bali Series, I’m going to be writing all about: Traditional Dance Street Art in Bali The Nomadic Lifestyle! Remember to like, follow, share, comment, pin… ANYTHING YOU LIKE! All support is appreciated, I hope you enjoy reading! Traditional Balinese dance in Ubud, Bali Whilst in the ultra hip…

Bali – Part 2

Bali – Part 2

Welcome back for the second instalment in the Bali Series! In this post i’m going to look at traditional wood and skull carving, how to decide where to buy in the the saturated art markets, before finishing up with a look at the traditional shrines and offerings which are literally around every corner in the…

Bali – Part 1

Bali – Part 1

The Indonesian island of Bali is beautiful, that is a given, and also a well publicised fact! but what I found was that it is also a hotbed of creativity and traditional arts. Over the next three posts I’ll take you through some of my favourite finds! I’ve already posted about my time creating Indonesian…

Venice Biennale ’17

Venice Biennale ’17

Last month I visited the tourist hot spot, Venice! It was every bit as magical as i’d imagined and visiting in November meant it was less crowded with people so I could really explore and experience this beautiful place. The main reason for my visit was to attend the Art Biennale; a huge scale art…

The Rainbow Island of Burano

The Rainbow Island of Burano

During a recent trip to Venice I took the 40min boat ride to the charming island of Burano and was blown away! It soon became the most beautiful place i’ve visited. All the colourful houses, waterways and boats were like something from a movie. I had made the journey in the morning, arriving around 9.20am…

Somerset Art Weeks

Somerset Art Weeks

Living in the countryside, away from big city culture and Art hubs can sometimes seem like i’m in a black hole of creativity… Luckily there is Somerset Art Weeks! Two weeks where artists open their studios to the public and the county of Somerset comes alive with a creative energy and buzz. *All artist links…

Castles, Caves and Street Art in the Pink City of Toulouse

Castles, Caves and Street Art in the Pink City of Toulouse

Escaping the British drizzle And so I returned to France! The weather in the UK was not the best this past summer and so a late getaway to the South of France was a welcome escape from the English drizzle. The promise of great street art from my good friend, Lou, was an added bonus…

Scotland Trip!

Scotland Trip!

Scotland will always hold a place close to my heart, returning after years away was a lovely experience- especially as I was able to show it off as I was taking the Italian with me for his first visit! Apologies… There will be no bagpipes or kilts in this post!! Edinburgh Castle We flew to…

Back to the beginning – ICELAND!

Back to the beginning – ICELAND!

Okay, so for this post I’m really going back in time! I visited Iceland 6 years ago!! I will definitely go back as it was such a beautiful place. When I was there it was in January- so absolutely freezing but did mean I got some great landscape shots and really experienced the country, from…

The Art Scene in Denver, CO.

The Art Scene in Denver, CO.

Wow! it’s been over a year and a half since I was in the States and i’m only now getting round to writing up a piece about Denver’s amazing art scene! As you can see from my past posts I am a true lover of street art and Denver, Colorado, is soo embracing of this…

Travels in Greece…

Travels in Greece…

So, last summer I spend a little over a week in Greece, testing out my new backpack ready for the big Asia trip and exploring Athens and a few of the islands! One of the original windmills on Ios My time in Greece was unforgettable and its definitely somewhere I want to return to. The…

J’adore Paris!

J’adore Paris!

I love love love nothing more than European Art. Its what I grew up learning about and so, of course, will always have a place in my heart. What better place to visit some of these great works, than Paris! For this trip I’ve brought along the Italian, so I can show him a bit…

Indonesian Batik in Bali

Indonesian Batik in Bali

The small Island of Bali, a paradise in the Indian Ocean, is a haven of lush landscapes and unique architecture. Its steeped in Hindu beliefs and as such, has a rich tapestry of storytelling and iconography drawing you in. During my travels, I had been most looking forward to my time in Bali, my research…

Cambodia Painting Workshop at ECC

Cambodia Painting Workshop at ECC

I spent 3 wonderful weeks in Siem Reap, Cambodia, teaching English at a non-profit school set up by Savon and Savuth (they literally built the main 4 class school beside their house). They wanted to provide free English lessons to local children, regardless of their background. Only 1 in 3 children in Cambodia are able…

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Natural dyes

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Natural dyes

I had a great day learning all about natural dyes, their origins and the processes behind making them (in Laos). Its just incredible that such vibrant colours can come from a bunch of leaves… not just any leaves, but still! An eye-opening experience full of possibility and steeped in age old tradition and technique. To…

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Hmong Batik

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Hmong Batik

Batik is an ancient form of dying fabric, by hand, using a resist dye technique. Motifs and patterns are hand drawn in wax, the fabric is then dip dyed several times before the wax resist is boiled off. During my time in Laos I was lucky enough to work with a master in this traditional art…

Ethnic Minority Arts – Part Two

Ethnic Minority Arts – Part Two

In Laos there is an organisation called Ock Pop Tok (East meets West), which is working with many of the Ethnic Minority villages throughout the country, in helping provide a more sustainable source of income through the textile trade. They aim to preserve the heritage of Laos textiles and master artisans, by buying directly from…

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Part One

Laos Ethnic Minority Arts – Part One

I had the honor of visiting a traditional Akha village during a recent visit to the Phongsaly province of northern Laos. Throughout northern areas of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam you can find these traditional settlements, widely known for the traditional dress worn by the woman, as well as the handicrafts they make. I have previously…

Chiang Mai Art Scene

Chiang Mai Art Scene

Chiang Mai has a great vibe. There are all the usual street vendors, peddling the same old tat as you find in every tourist filled area of Thailand but there is also a more contemporary undercurrent pushing though at root level, which reminds me a lot of Saigon. Times are changing, there is a more…

Fabrics of the Hmong

Fabrics of the Hmong

The Hmong people occupy areas primarily in; Northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Southern China. Different regions of Hmong have their own traditional dress elements, which make them uniquely recognisable. They also have various language dialects depending on which region they are from. Hmong are most notable for wearing dark, heavy fabrics, heavily embroidered with brightly…

The Khun Mask Maker of Bangkok

The Khun Mask Maker of Bangkok

I had come across an article about the Khun mask maker of Bangkok and was excited to see this traditional process in person, in the makers studio, away from all the mass produced wares that are slowly replacing the need for traditional artisans. Finding the shop was easier than I had expected and, armed with…

Ibrahim Mahama Installation in Copenhagen

Ibrahim Mahama Installation in Copenhagen

On my recent trip to Copenhagen, on route to SE Asia, I came across the work of Ibrahim Mahama, which was completely covering the Kunsthal Charlottenborg Gallery buildings exterior. I wanted to write about it because I really loved the meaning behind it and thought it fitted in well with my theme of travel and…

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Hello, I’m Anna! I run OiOi Arts and write all Blog content.
This blog was set up as a way to document all the Great Art I find on all my travels! as well as be a way to inspire, highlight and promote ARTISTS and CREATIVE opportunities. 
This year I began a FEATURED ARTIST Blog Interview series, where I get a more in depth look at what makes artists tick! Look out for Art as a Business blog bites which are coming soon!