Artful Green Dot

Speakers from the Hay QUA! Festival

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on November 3, 2009

audrey_tran_smallWell, this post certainly isn’t timely (The Hay Qua! Fest happened in June) but I can’t resist posting these neat illustrations, newly discovered in the archives of my gmail inbox.  Donny Tran, one of the Hay QUA!  directors made these after the show.

I enjoyed coming across these drawings and recalling  all the talks and amazing things people are doing in creative fields. That’s what the festival was really about–bringing together people from the Vietnamese community who work in creative fields in the hopes of inspiring future collaborations…only, I know that I’ve got to make more of an effort to connect with those wonderful folks.  Outside of the festival, I think I’ve only run into one other speaker briefly by coincidence last summer.

Well, if future Hay Qua! Festivals happen, I will definitely be a supporter.



















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Hay Qua! That’s NEAAT Mini-Fest

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on June 26, 2009


When interviewing others,  I try to ask people about their backgrounds to get a deeper understanding of the people I’m talking to.  Well, I’ve just been asked to do the same thing for a gathering of Vietnamese Americans in NYC at the Hay Qua! Mini Fest tomorrow.  Come out to the event if you’re free!  Tickets are still available and the list of speakers has also grown.  While I plan to talk about my experiences as a young blogger, others from a range of creative industries will speak about their passions in food, fashion, publishing, film, design, and more.  Also, if you’ve become a fan of banh mi, this mini-fest will be a real treat. Hope to see you there!

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The Tree Project

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on June 25, 2009

Hiroshi Sunairi has been asking dozens of participants from  across the world to plant Hibaku seeds for his latest art piece, titled, Tree Project. Hibaku seeds come from trees that miraculously survived the atomic bomb in Hiroshima 60 years ago.  For the artist, this project is about sharing “the pleasure of growing plants,” with those who are interested. To participate, anyone can simply email the artist directly at

The Tree Project blog documents the sprouts’ progress –from Sunairi’s distribution of the seeds, to emerging sprouts in the care of participants. Visit the site to hear beautiful stories revolving around theses seeds and new pictures of the developing trees.  I have also been recruited by Hiroshi for this piece, and last week, my seedling finally made its way out of the soil.

What name should I give it?

What name should I give it?

This specific plant is a from the Persimmon tree and has a unique way of sprouting at the neck for several days.

Sunairi will exhibit documentation of the seeds’ growth along with the young seedlings in a show at the NY Horticultural Society next December.