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The First of Many

Growing education through art
I am sitting at my studio window that overlooks the mountains and rice fields of the Sapa valley. It is dawn, and a rose and blue sky is the backdrop to the magnificent landscape that rolls down […]

By |October 19th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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A Dyeing Art

The making of H’mong batik

Up in the misty mountains of the Lao Cai district in northern Vietnam, H’mong women in the Sapa area have perfected a technique for making deep, rich, blue hemp textiles decorated with intricate designs. These fabrics have been […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Surprising Sapa

Around every corner is something that you have never seen or maybe never experienced before.

To visit Sapa or the surrounding districts is to step into another world. Sometimes, it doesn’t even feel like you are still in Vietnam. Elevated, ethereal, […]

By |August 27th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Masterpieces

Getting lacquered in Old Hoi An

For the past seven months, I have been painting and drawing in Hoi An. I have watched the change of seasons and witnessed the drama that major weather events bring to the lives of people […]

By |July 14th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Joie de Vivre!

A little corner of Paris in Hanoi.

“Let’s meet outside the ‘big church’ near the lake,” I said. What a surprise I received when I arrived. On previous visits to Hanoi I had somehow managed to miss St. Joseph’s Cathedral. I must […]

By |May 20th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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An Imperial Sojourn

They say it always rains in Hue…

It was the end of the rainy season in Quang Nam, and a weekend break was needed after seemingly months of cold, damp weather. We were suffering from cabin fever and wondering how on […]

By |April 13th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Saigon Symphony

The soundtrack of our lives.

On the day I took my first walk down the streets of central Saigon, I instinctively felt that this was the beating heart of Vietnam’s burning ambitions.

Its sister, Hanoi, is more refined, elegant and mysterious. She […]

By |March 11th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|2 Comments
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A Dragon, a Turtle and a Carp

Folklore immortalized in broken pottery.

There is a wonderful piece of mythological sculpture in a temple garden in Hoi An that I visit every time I go to the Old Town. It stands in the forecourt of the Quang Trieu Assembly […]

By |February 14th, 2014|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Breakfast Can Wait

How creative inspiration begins

People often ask me where I get my inspiration from, how do I start a piece of work and why do I choose to draw or paint the things I do? I am always silenced by this question because the answer […]

By |December 27th, 2013|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments
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Big Sky Vietnam

She walks around all day with her head in the clouds

Walking along the thronging streets of Saigon we are always assaulted by the myriad of sights, sounds and smells of street life. The social gatherings spilling out of cafes, wonderstruck tourists grouped to check maps or […]

By |November 11th, 2013|Art, Arts, Postcards from Vietnam|0 Comments