hong kong art walk 2013

Favourite artist and work from this year’s Artwalk.  Next year’s date has been set for Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Glad it is back in March :).

when i go forwards

you go backwards and somewhere we will meet.


That’s listening from both ends when you stumble upon a podcast well on its way. Meeting will take place around episode 57 I reckon. Going forwards is much easier.

Things you want to know but didn’t know you wanted to know.  99% Invisible is just brilliant. Fascinating things in this world of ours just waiting to have their story told.

It was the podcast on Kowloon Walled City that caught my eye. We used to live in proximity to it and mum would tell stories from her childhood…about not wanting to but having to wander into the maze to deliver sewing for my grandmother. This, after hiking over a mountain or two to get there, and then again to return home.

Favourite episodes thus far:

13-Maps, they don’t love you like I love you.

Infinite City is a piece of art. Not the ideal book for commuting with so slowly and sporadically reading my way through it. Beautiful maps and beautiful words telling the stories of SF.


28-Movie Title Sequences 

Such potential for being the best part of a movie and definitely sets the tone for what follows. It is being added to the on-going list at school of Art Jobs We Now Know We Can Have.


47-US Postal Service Stamps 

I like that stamps give you an option of being thoughtful with it if you choose. Tiny works of art that complete a piece of mail. Am equally fond of postmarks and postboxes. And so I have to say the National Postal Museum is a pretty awesome place. But then again, I think post offices themselves are pretty amazing too. Like the Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


or the Nsawam Post Office, Ghana.


Which brings me to the fine little tune that concludes podcast 47–the work song, by Ghanaian postal workers at the University of Ghana.


I had to rewind, if that’s even what it’s still called, and make sure I heard it correctly. Yes, Ghanaian.

Go check out the genius that is 99% Invisible.

taipei art conference

The Asia Region Art Educators Conference took place at Taipei American School this month. I missed last year’s out in Shanghai so was really looking forward to reconnecting with friends I’d met in Singapore the year before that and to meet new artists and share what is happening in schools in the region.   It was also encouraging and a good reminder to hear about others working on balancing teaching and consistently creating as an artist in whatever form that may be. Never a dull moment hanging out with artsy people and such passionate educators!

Our first day together was spent checking out the art scene in Taipei, second day workshops and third an art talk about the work of Christo and Jeannne-Claude.  Art is about ideas and process and this was so inspiring.

We had an evening flight out Sunday so was able to squeeze in a visit to Yingge after the conference. If you love ceramics and working in clay, you need to stop at the ceramics museum and explore the neighbouring area.

october 2012 . hong kong airlines . dandy hotel–tianmu

looking around

Chinese International School is on Braemar Hill across the way from Quarry Bay School and I’ve been wanting to see it since being at  QBS for EdCamp HK in the spring. I finally got the chance last weekend to look around after the literacy and language development talk that was hosted there.  You really do get a sense of what a school is like by the environment they create.  Some things I saw and really liked.

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upcoming art workshops/conferences in asia

my sister sent this to me…taken at a park in ontario, canada

Back  in HK and ready for an amazing school year! This summer was particularly inspiring and filled with amazing people and places. Lots to catch up on there but school begins Monday for us so thought I’d kick off with some art happenings for the school year. Never too early to start planning your learning adventures.

Cross Currents–Asia Region Art Educators Workshop 2012
The British School, New Delhi, India
Friday September 28 – Sunday September 30
Registration deadline: Friday August 10, 2012
Workshop Cost: USD 125

Blank Canvases–Asia Region Art Educators Workshop (ARARTE 2012)
Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan
Friday October 12 – Sunday October 14
Workshop Cost: USD 125

EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2013
Concordia International School, Shanghai, China
Thursday March 28 – Saturday March 30, 2013

The Visual Arts and Performing Arts will be strands at the East Asia Regional Council of Schools Teachers’ Conference. Check the EARCOS site in the fall for more info.

I make art.

In the middle of working on our flip books, a P1 student informs me…

I have a job at home.

What do you do?

I take care of the baby.

How do you do that?

I rock him to sleep.

Is he heavy?

No, he has a car. I push the car.

How else do you help at home?

I make art.

After some detective work, it turns out he has quite the schedule set up at home and everything listed on it is his job. I’m glad making art is on the schedule. I should put it on mine too.