Organic Farm Vang Vieng
How I happened to paint new street signs for Vang Vieng's famous organic farm
Selling Queen Beatrix
Queen Beatrix, my shiny motorbike, and I, its shady owner, were crossing Laos, planning to enter China.
However, since China doesn't allow foreign vehicles, we had to abandon each other, and I tried to sell her with a quickly drawn ad (fig. 3) that I displayed at the Vang Vieng Organic Farm—which is quite famous among backpackers and the like.
Then came Robyn
Two days later I was approached by Robyn, an Australian woman of action running an English school with the help of volunteers. But instead of buying Beatrix, she asked me if I would like to renew some small wall paintings on the farm.
I managed to talk her into making new, big, bold street signs for food and accommodation, because when I tried to find the farm, I missed it twice.
Back to work, again and again
I thus started with the conception of bigger signs. Fortunately, the farm's owner agreed to use bold, easy-on-the-eye typography and a style close to Hergé's Tintin, and I spent most of my days painting in the shade of a bungalow.
Sarah Eve Cardell was traveling around the globe with the support of her blog's followers, and I was quite amused to find myself mentioned in her writings:
In the end, I had spent ten wonderful days on the farm, painting signs, visiting caves, meeting great people, and eating goat cheese sandwiches en masse.
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