Hmong Artist Interviews & Updates

Hello everyone! I just realized this is my FIRST post of 2019! It’s been a while, but I had so much going on in my life. Things are kind of settling down now, so I had the time to write here. I want to share with you guys some things that have been happening and things to look forward to.

First of all, I started a mini project where I’ll be doing written interviews featuring Hmong visual artists! Basically, I wanted to share the stories of Hmong artists from all walks of life and ask them why they do what they do and how they do it. Looking online, I was barely able to find any interviews conducted featuring Hmong artists. Now that there are more Hmong individuals pursuing art, I feel there is a need to share their stories and experiences. My hope is that by doing this, artists can learn about one another and become aware of others doing work in the community. You can read the interviews here.

Secondly, some of my other projects that I’ve been working on is doing illustrations for a Karen children’s book for the Saint Paul Public Library and writing and illustrating a new graphic novel for Avenue A Books!

In May, I’ll be attending my first SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference! It’s basically a conference for authors, illustrators, publishers, editors, agents, or anybody involved or interested in the KidLit industry to come together to share ideas, learn, and connect. I’m hoping to learn a lot of things and network with individuals who also share a similar passion as mine for creating great stories!

Lastly, I’m hoping to restock my book inventory and maybe attend some local events to sell them! But I’ll update you guys when the time comes!

Again, thank you for supporting and following my journey as an artist!

–Duachaka