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Let’s Doodle!

Doodle Workshop at Kitsch!

If you missed the last Doodle Workshop, here is another chance to come doodle with me! I’ll be teaching another Doodle Workshop this weekend at Kitsch in Norfolk, VA.

We’ll be doodling the morning away while we munch on coffee and donuts.

If you’re interested in attending, stop by Kitsch or call 757-961-9855 to register

Get more info here.

Here are some pics from the last one, which was tons of fun!

Doodle Workshop
Doodle Workshop
Doodle Workshop
Doodle Workshop

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Oodles of Doodles, A doodling workshop

Oodles of Doodles

I’m partnering up with AIGA Hampton Roads this Saturday and teaching a little doodling workshop at Hatch in Norfolk! If you are feeling a bit stuck in a rut, want to learn some new doodling exercises or just feel like doodling your Saturday morning away and you happen to be in the Hampton Roads area, you should definitely come.

I promise to make you feel like a kid again. (Which really is how doodling should make you feel!)

If you come doodle with me you will go home with a nifty little doodle zine I have been working on (it’s my first ever zine so I am a bit excited about it). You’ll even get to pick your color.

Doodle Books
Doodle Books

Here’s the blurb from the AIGA site:

Zara Gonzalez Hoang of Manka, a compulsive doodler, will lead a workshop on using daily doodles to jumpstart your creativity. The workshop will start with a short lecture and a bit of show and tell, then we’ll dive headlong into the art of doodling. Workshop participants will go through a series of warm-ups Zara uses to get her brain going then do a series of doodle “challenges” that should get everyone thinking about doodling as more than just a mindless exercise. So bring your pens, pencils, markers and crayons and get ready to doodle.

What we’ll cover:

• Doodle Warm-ups to help get your brain going
• Tricks for getting creative when you can’t think of what to draw
• Ways to take your doodles farther than just mindlessness
• Ideas for how to start a daily practice and stick to it.

About Zara:
Zara was born and raised in a little bungalow in South Minneapolis, MN. Her childhood was colorful and loud and filled with a number of interesting characters which exposed her to different viewpoints, ideas, and cultures early in life and instilled in her a curiosity that continues to drive her passion to learn, explore and experiment. Zara has worked in advertising and for start ups as a designer, illustrator and creative director around the country. With her recent move to Norfolk, VA, she started a new creative studio for herself called Manka which allowed her to focus more on her passion for illustration and design both for her own products and for other brands. Her work mixes digital and traditional media and is influenced by her lifelong love of fairytales and mythology, nature, food and travel. – See more at:

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Manka (well, Zara) in Paris!

I vélib I can fly

I’m super thrilled to share that I will be participating in a show in Paris put on by my friends at ARTCRANK in partnership with the City of Paris’ bike sharing program, Vélib. The show will be opening in early April in Paris and will continue on through mid-May. I’m one of 19 international artists with pieces in the show and I think one of 3 americans.

I was totally honored (still am) to be approached to be part of the show – especially since it celebrates the joy of riding a bike, something I am super excited to start doing again (and sharing with my boy!) now that I am not pregnant and it is not freezing out anymore.

Creating my poster was a ton of fun, after sharing a couple concepts with the folks at Vélib and ARTCRANK, I got to create a poster that involved some of my favorite things. Bikes, Monsters, and Paris. I’m so happy with how it turned out and I am excited to see it when I go to Paris next month.

"Sunday in the City"
“Sunday in the City”

Since I am still sadly lacking in a screen printing set up in my house (hopefully to be remedied in a few months), the awesome folks at Itty Bitty Press printed this one up for me. They did a fantastic job, the poster looks even better in person.

More information about the show and all the details about the event are in the press release, which you can peruse here.

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D A R K  M A T T E R S

One of the neatest things about moving to Norfolk is the Art Scene that is starting to pop up downtown. Alchemy NFK is at the center of a lot of the growth and they have been continually doing fun things to bring people downtown to interact with the arts.

Next Friday (January 30th) they are hosting a little one-night pop up exhibition at a building on Granby street that was recently purchased and gutted by my husband’s boss. It’ll be a little bit creepy, a little bit weird and it should be a whole lot of fun.

Also, I have a new piece in the show and I’m pretty excited about how it turned out. What’s even cooler is if all goes as planned it should be sporting a spiffy frame by the uber-talented Randy of Nest Home. Kind of excited about that.

If you happen to follow me on Instagram you may have seen a little peek of the piece but you’ll have to come to the show to see the whole thing. Just kidding, I’ll post a full shot after the show!

Anyway if you are near Norfolk next Friday come on down and check it out, it should be a good time. Here are the details:

D A R K  M A T T E R S
Friday, January 30th, 2015 8-11pm
433 Granby Street, Norfolk

RSVP on Facebook

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Handmade Holiday and some updates

Quan & Khoi manning the booth.
Quan & Khoi manning the booth.

We had a blast at Handmade Holiday. Thanks everyone who came out to visit and who bought stuff from us. It was awesome to meet you all! Handmade Holiday was our first Craft Show and everyone was super encouraging. We’ll definitely be doing more in 2015! Thanks to Richmond Craft Mafia for putting on a great show!

We’re currently winding down for the holidays. We didn’t quite get our site updated with all of the new product but we did add a few things that were available at the show. We have a big website overhaul planned for early 2015 which will make it easier for us to get new product up quicker, so we’re excited for that! In the meantime, thanks for your patience on our rather mismatched shop offerings.

Onward to 2015, lots of fun stuff planned!

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Where to find Manka for the holidays

This year I’m participating in a couple of craft fairs / pop up shops so if you like shopping live instead of online, here’s where you can find my stuff:


Pop the Trunk at Alchemy NFK
Norfolk, VA

I’ll have a selection of paper goods in the curated portion of the event. The curated shop is open most weekends from now to December – check the event page for exact days and times though because they change from week to week.


Handmade Holiday at Hardywood Brewery
Richmond, VA

On December 6 I’ll be heading up to Richmond, VA for my first craft show, Handmade Holiday put on by the Richmond Craft Mafia. I’m super nervous about this one since I’ve never put together a table at a craft fair before but I’m also super excited. I can’t wait to meet people and see what awesome stuff Richmond has to offer.

And for Norfolk people, I have stuff in the always awesome Kitsch as well.

The stuff at the different venues is not all the same so if you’re looking for something specific (and any of the new products I’ve been working on) your best bet is to come to Richmond since I’m bringing pretty much everything there, but if you can’t make it to Richmond, I’m hoping to have new product up on the site the following Monday. Hope to see you there!