Câylendar, a project run by Đùm Bọc, is a calendar inspired by the Vietnamese idiom, Cây Nhà Lá Vườn. It features the work of 12 Vietnamese illustrators and artists in the diaspora.
Cây Nhà Lá Vườn, loosely translated as 'trees from home & leaves from the garden', is an idiom typically used to describe home-grown things.
The theme for Câylendar 3.0 is “Một miếng khi đói bằng một gói khi no", a morsel when hungry is worth a meal when full. Food nourishes. Food embodies care. Food heals. Food holds memories and cultural connections. Food brings people together and fosters community. For Câylendar 2024, we’d like to see how you explore food in its many facets, as Vietnamese people in the diaspora.
Proceeds will go to the artists and NOLA East - based organization called Sông Community Development Corporation (CDC) for food access program in which food boxes would be provided to low-income Việt seniors & Black families.
The calendar will be sold at $45. Shipping is available for US addresses at an additional cost.
COURTESY OF TIFFANY LÊ
Born and raised in the Little Saigon area of Southern California, Tiffany Lê (she/her) is a Vietnamese-American freelance illustrator who investigates themes towards cultural legacy, comparative mythology and literature, and social topics through an Asian American lens.
Anh Cao (she/her) is an illustrator/visual development artist based in London, working in the animation and publishing industry. Her work focuses on colourful depictions of cultures and human stories as well as the tranquil beauty of life.
COURTESY OF ANH CAO
COURTESY OF FAITH CAO
Faith Cao (she/they), born and raised from Oakland, California, is a Vietnamese, Teochew, Cantonese American. As a first-generation daughter of refugees, she graduated in a STEM field before embracing a full-time artistic journey. Faith is a multi-passionate creative who runs a small business called Caoculator. Their artwork emerges from a desire to fill gaps in the art world - while keeping things cute for they are a die hard Sanrio girl. Their versatility shines through various mediums such as polymer clay, printing making, mural painting, digital art, and photography.
Triết Phạm (he/him) is a graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Vancouver, BC. His works often explore the diasporic experience, queerness, and nostalgia — through design, type, and illustration. Triết's practice is inspired by his travels, the mundane everyday-life moments, and elements of traditional Vietnamese arts and craft.
COURTESY OF TRIẾT PHẠM
COURTESY OF MICHAEL TRÂN
Michael Thế Khôi Trần (any pronoun) is a Vietnamese interdisciplinary artist based in LA/OC. Their body of work explores the growing separation of culture, love, yearning, asexuality, and femininity/masculinity. Their cultural body of work explores the observer point of view into common Vietnamese rituals and places such as cooking or supermarkets.
Kevin VQ Đàm (he/they) is a Vietnamese-American illustrator and printmaker originally from Virginia, now based in Brooklyn, New York.
COURTESY OF KEVIN ĐÀM
COURTESY OF CLARISSA VŨ
Clarissa (she/they) is a digital designer, illustrator, and thrift hunter based in Brooklyn, NY. When she's not creating art, you can find her hanging out with her dog Foster or searching for her next cup of tea.
Minh Huỳnh (they/them) is a graphic designer and illustrator currently based in Georgia. Their personal illustrations focus on Asian philosophy and spirituality—especially Buddhism. The goal of their art is to bring attention to how interdependent we are on our communities but to also inspire compassion for our collective humanity.
COURTESY OF MINH HUỲNH
COURTESY OF NHI TRƯƠNG
Nhi (she/her) is a storyteller and illustrator from sunny Southern California! She explores feelings and life through colors and story in her work. She loves her cats, marine animals, and her grandpa's trinkets very much.
Growing up as a child of Vietnamese immigrants, Mya (she/her) explores the themes of diversity, identity, and human relationships through art. She finds joy in exploring the emotional complexities of daily life, and her illustrations often depict the tender moments of human touch, the bittersweet of hope and melancholy, and the transformative power of love.
COURTESY OF MYA HẠNG
COURTESY OF ANH TRẦN
Anh Trần (she/they) is a Vietnamese-American illustrator and designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her illustrations use lively colors, patterns, and shapes to capture the simple joy of existing and celebrate serendipitous and overlooked moments. Her process references cut-paper and printmaking techniques to convey life’s dimensionality and the labor of love.
Based in Australia, Thy Hà (she/her) is a designer and a member of the Vietnamese typography collective - Lưu Chữ, Thy creates websites during the day and draws fonts at night. Seeing that type design is often perceived as a western-centric discipline, she hopes to reduce the gap between the two markets.
COURTESY OF THY HÀ
COURTESY OF TRIẾT PHẠM