Letter from the President
Aloha Hawai’i Craftsmen members,
Many of you remember and participated in the Community Kiln during the National Kidney Foundation’s Walk on the Wildside event last year. This year HC is returning to War on the Wildside, this time participating in a pop up gallery event at the new Downtown Gallery with Hawai’i Printmakers and Creative Arts Experience.
The Downtown Gallery is the first phase of a community art center that Sandy Pohl is developing with the city and county a the Chinatown Gateway Plaza.. Come on down and show your support for HC and the emerging Downtown Art Center during National Kidney Awareness Month. For more detailed information please check out the event this month’s newsletter.
Regular registration for the Beth Cavener workshop in April is now open. There are still some open seats so please help spread the word so we can fill this exciting event. Looking forward to seeing you all there. You can find more information and register here:
As we plan and prepare for the Annual Statewide Exhibition this year, we are excited to be working with Emily Zaiden, director and curator of the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles. I had the privilege of working with Emily for a show and artist presentation at the Craft in America Center in support of Craft in America’s documentary on craft teachers in America. If you aren’t familiar with this great series and all of the things that this center does to support the crafts you can check out their website here:
THE RETURN OF BETH CAVENER
A THREE DAY INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATION ... FEATURING HER LARGER THAN LIFE FIGURES
Four years ago many of you were treated to an Aha Hana Lima workshop featuring Beth Cavener. Hawai’i Craftsmen is excited to announce the return of Beth Cavener. In a slight departure from our usual Aha Hana Lima format, Beth will treat Hawai’i artists, collectors, and fans to her wildly popular 3-day interactive demonstration of the process and methodology she uses to create her larger than life ceramic sculptures. Using 600 lbs of clay and 25 feet of half inch pipe Beth will, working with the audience, construct one of her larger than life figures. Beth will also go over in detail from start to finish how she created some of her actual past works, including a 6 foot tall double figure piece constructed over the course of five months. Audience members will have the opportunity to try out some of her techniques as she guides members through a hands on exercise in her methods for sculpting an eye.
Beth’s sculptures focus on human psychology, stripped of context and rationalization, and articulated through animal and human forms. On the surface, these figures are simply feral and domestic individuals suspended in a moment of tension. Beneath the surface, they embody the consequences of human fear, apathy, aggression, and misunderstanding.
WORKSHOPS ON OAHU, THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI IN APRIL
REGULAR REGISTRATION BEGINS MAR 1st
OAHU PUBLIC PRESENTATION & RECEPTION
University of Hawaii Manoa
University of Hawaii Manoa
April 12 evening (5pm-9pm), Friday
Class Size 30
HAWAI’I ISLAND PUBLIC PRESENTATION & RECEPTION
Volcano Arts Center
HAWAI’I ISLAND WORKSHOP
Volcano Arts Center
April 19, 20, 21, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Hours 9am-5pm
Class Size 30
MAUI PUBLIC PRESENTATION & RECEPTION
University of Hawaii Maui College
University of Hawaii Maui College
April 26, 27, 28, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - Hours 9am-5pm
Class Size 30
WALK ON THE WILDSIDE
SATURDAY MARCH 23RD
11AM TO 4PM
Hawai’i Craftsmen is pleased to announce that it will be participating once again in The National Kidney Foundation’s Walk on the Wildside. Hawai’i Craftsmen artists are participating in a pop up gallery event entitled “The Downtown Gallery”. HC is participating with the Honolulu Printmakers and Creative Arts Experience. The gallery will be open:
The Wildside Gallery
Saturday March 23rd
11am to 4pm
Chinatown Gateway Plaza (1st floor makai corner on Nuuanu St.)
The Wildside Gallery is the first in a series of pilot projects that Sandy Pohl has organized with the city and county to revitalize spaces in the Chinatown Gateway Plaza with the goal of establishing of a community arts space in Downtown Honolulu. Come show your support and spread the word about this opportunity to see and collect some great work from some of Hawai’i Craftsmen’s artists.
Artists interested in selling their work please send an email to email@example.com with "Downtown Gallery” in the subject line.
Annual Statewide Exhibition 2019
We are EXTREMELY EXCITED to announce that our curator and juror for the 2019 Hawai’i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition will be Emily Zaiden, director and curator of the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles.
The Craft in America Center is an exhibition and learning space that gives voice to traditional and contemporary craft through artist talks, workshops, exhibits and concerts.
Craft in America is well known for their Peabody Award-winning series on PBS. This series explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade, and features the artists, origins and techniques of American craft.
Emily Zaiden is Director and curator of the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles, where she has curated more than forty exhibitions focused on contemporary craft and design for the Center and outside venues. Zaiden has published various exhibition catalogues and contributed articles and reviews to publications including; Archives of American Art Journal, Metalsmith, and Antiques and Fine Art. She has lectured on contemporary craft and American and international decorative arts topics at museums and venues across the country including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum and Fuller Museum. After completing an M.A. at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and a B.A. from UC Berkeley in American Studies and Italian, Zaiden served as Research Associate to the Decorative Arts department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Prior to becoming Craft in America Center Director in 2010, she was a research editor for Architectural Digest and she consulted for private collections and institutions focusing on American and European decorative arts, material culture, architecture and design.
It will be a pure delight to serve as juror for the 2019 Hawai’i Craftsmen Statewide Exhibition. Thank you for this opportunity to delve into the work of your creative community. Having the all-too-rare chance to jury in person makes this particularly special, as craft can hardly be captured through images alone. As neighbors in the West, since I am a curator based in Los Angeles, I am thrilled to see what’s happening in your neck of the woods. I hope to explore what currently defines craft in your state, especially in terms of technique, skill, design, tradition and expression. At Craft in America, we explore the ever-shifting nature of the handmade across the U.S. and the artists like yourselves who are dedicated to mastery and innovation through materials and processes. How an object can convey cultural identity at any given time is my personal passion, stemming from my roots in American decorative arts history and material culture. I look forward to delving into the qualities that characterize craft on each of your individual islands and the ways that craft embodies the spirit of your community and place in this day and age.
THE VISIBLE HAND: HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN STATEWIDE EXHIBITION
ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS MONDAY, JULY 15, AND CLOSES SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
Visit the prospectus for more information:
Hawaii Craftsmen is pleased to announce the 2019 Raku Hoʻolauleʻa program which was founded in 1977. Scheduled activities include:
Additional activities open to the public will include a tea bowl making workshop, and a demonstration of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
More details on all Raku Hoʻolauleʻa activities will be posted in the May Hawai`i Craftsmen newsletter.
Please note: Hawai`i Craftsmen members are welcome to attend meetings of the Raku Hoʻolauleʻa committee that coordinates the program. Volunteer input and engagement is essential to producing quality program activities that serve Hawai`i Craftsmen members and the community. The next meeting is scheduled at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10 at Kenjo, Inc. (524 Kalihi Street, corner Colburn Street).
Is your work in an upcoming exhibit? Do you know of a lecture or event that might be of interest to our membership? Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the next newsletter.
Call to Artists for submissions to the wearable art Fashion Show @ HiSAM on May 3. Submissions and questions can be sent to email@example.com. Please send your name, name of work, photo(s) and materials used for consideration. Deadline for submission is April 3.
“HAWAII CRAFTSMEN CELEBRATES FINE CRAFT AS A VITAL AND ENRICHING PART OF CONTEMPORARY LIFE AND SUPPORTS THE CREATIVE GROWTH OF OUR MEMBER ARTISTS AND THE EDUCATION OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO THE VALUE OF THE CRAFTS.”
COSMIC CHARACTERS: WOOD PUPPETS OF ASIA
JANUARY 20 - MAY 5, 2019
EAST-WEST CENTER GALLERY, HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I
FREE ADMISSION, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Puppet theatre presents the entire cosmos through character, color, story, sound, and movement. Distinct traditions are found throughout the Asia Pacific region, many of which have been influenced by shamanism, animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Local folklore is also incorporated and puppet performances are closely related to human dance-drama and mask dances. In many Asia Pacific cultures, puppeteers are associated with unseen, mystical, and divine powers as they animate a whole world created in miniature. This exhibition focuses on the three-dimensional wood puppets that demonstrate the following techniques: string puppets (marionettes), rod (stick) puppets, and glove (hand) puppets. Through these performance forms stories come to life including the Hindu epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, Buddhist Jataka stories, and the chronicles and well-known Monkey King novel found in Chinese theatre traditions, as well as local folk stories. Indonesian puppetry also tells the arrival of Islam to Indonesia through the story of Amir Hamzah. Many of these puppet traditions are historically related to the royal courts, while other performances are derived from village performances. Even with roots in the royal courts, puppet performance is intended for the common people, instilling, re-informing, and enriching their lives with locally-based cultural values and beliefs. Puppet performance in Asia is appreciated and enjoyed by diverse audiences — from children to elders — with entertaining elements ranging from slapstick humor to deep, rich life philosophies and religious teachings. More than 10 unique traditions from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan are displayed. To honor our host culture, Hawaiian puppets are featured as well. These performance traditions are a place of intersection — a bridge between the past, present, and future — where the divine and human worlds meet and ancient stories are made relevant for the contemporary experience.
***** Guided exhibition tours are offered Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Special Events: In the EWC Gallery with free admission, open seating, no reservations
Sunday,March 31, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk: “Puppetry in Iran” by photographer, director, and actor Maseeh Ganjali
Sunday, April 7, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk: “Holding Infinity in the Palm, Wayang Potehi: Chinese Glove Puppet Theatre in Indonesia” by Yuan-Hsin Tung, PhD student in Ethnomusicology, UH Mānoa, EWC student
Sunday, April 28, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk: “From Stage Adaptation to Educational Outreach: Balinese Shadow Theatre Performance in Hawai‘i” by Dr. Kirstin Pauka, Professor of Theatre, UH Mānoa; Nezia Azmi, Affiliate Consultant, CWEAS; and Dr. Annie Reynolds, EWC Arts Program Assistant
Saturday, May 4, 2:00–3:30 p.m. Puppet Making Workshop (inspired by Bunraku Japanese doll puppets) with Dmitri Carter, Director, Northwest Puppet Center. *Registration required, inquire for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, May 5, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Illustrated Talk: “An Introduction to Festival Karakuri in Japan” by Dmitri Carter
***** East-West Center Gallery John A. Burns Hall 1601 East-West Road (corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.) Gallery admission is free Open Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon–4:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Jan. 21, Feb. 18, & Apr. 21 Visitor parking is available on the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa campus for a fee during the week, and is normally free and ample on Sundays. Parking info: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/parking.html Free school and group tours available. Contact: email@example.com For more information: http://arts.EastWestCenter.org/ arts@EastWestCenter.org Facebook and Instagram: @EWC.arts 808-944-7177
MAILE ANDRADE: KA ‘OPUA Ā HINA
OCTOBER 11, 2018 - MARCH 24, 2019
Mixed media artist Maile Andrade transforms the John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Arts of Hawaiʻi Gallery using wauke, or mulberry bark, as her primary material in this solo exhibition.
Andrade’s studio practice is informed by her time spent researching and reactivating the kapa-making process. A Hawaiian customary textile of pounded wauke, or mulberry bark, kapa was methodically stretched, sometimes decorated, and often layered to function as garments, wraps, and blankets before the introduction of cotton fabrics. In the 19th century, kapa production waned as the Native Hawaiian population drastically decreased. However, a cultural resurgence during the 1970s Hawaiian Renaissance revived ancient practices such as ocean navigation by the stars, hula, oli (chant), and mele (music). Kapa-making, weaving, and the growing and gathering of organic materials surfaced as important artistic pursuits—and as pro-Hawaiʻi political statements. A decade later in 1981, Andrade joined the contemporary artists and practitioners who took up the production of Hawaiian material culture using customary methods as an extension of the Hawaiian Renaissance.
Andrade channels the material and methods of kapa into an immersive installation as she reimagines the elemental manifestations of Hina. A divine kapa-maker, the Goddess Hina produced such fine kapa that the clouds in the sky were described as examples of her work. Andrade’s gallery installation concentrates on the idea that, like Hina, we have the ability to affect change within our environment. Ka ‘Opua Ā Hina features wauke pounded by the artist to the moʻomoʻo phase. That is, the material has undergone preliminary rounds of soaking, felting, and drying, priming it for handling yet keeping it flexible enough to continue into the later stages of kapa production post-exhibition. Resourceful and sustainable, Andrade’s practice merges 21st century contemporary art priorities with the radical possibilities of Hawaiian material culture.
Four kapa dating to the 18th and 19th centuries from our collection are on view in adjacent galleries. Together with Andrade’s installation, these textiles span a period of 200 years and indicate the continuity and evolutionary use of wauke.
PALIKU ARTS FESTIVAL
The Paliku Arts Festival is taking place on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10am-4pm.
It is accepting applications for arts & crafts vendor booth space. The fee is $50. Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.
Please see the web page below for details about the festival:
Downloadable, form-fillable booth application:
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Request for Hawaii Craftsmen Historical Documents
Do you have any photographs, newspaper articles, program files, or other information from past Hawaii Craftsmen events? We would love to centralize our archives and fill in any missing holes in our history. Please contact us at info@hawaiicraftsmen or call us at (808) 521-3282.
As a volunteer organization, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen relies on the active participation of its members in volunteering for a wide range of tasks that help us deliver our programs to members and the community. Please consider volunteering as a coordinator or member on one of the following committees. To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE COMMITTEE
Committee members should have interest/experience in membership development and will assist in membership outreach, building greater active membership, and soliciting updates of member contact and interests information.
Committee members should have interest/experience in organizing volunteers; gathering data on volunteer skills, interests, and expertise; and working with program chairs and event coordinators to contact, solicit, and schedule volunteers.
Committee members should have an interest/experience in fundraising, particularly in working with donors and corporate sponsors. Members will be tasked with developing sponsorship packages, with outreach to potential donors and corporate sponsors, and with soliciting gifts in kind and/or monetary donations for programs and events.
To sign up to volunteer, please visit our volunteer web page.
The board is currently seeking nominations for the Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. These positions require excellent leadership, organizational and people skills, as well as a strong understanding of fine craft arts.
Please send your recommendations/nominations (self-nominations are welcome) and brief biographical information of potential candidates to firstname.lastname@example.org
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