Aloha Hawaii Craftsmen Members,
One of the benefits of being president is having the opportunity to see the fruit of all of the labor that goes into our programs. On behalf of the board I would like to thank all of the volunteers and staff that have put so much work into making both Raku Ho’olaule’a and The 51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition a success.
Hawaii Craftsmen has been testing a retail partnership with the HiSAM gift store and Mori in the Southshore Market. 2-3 artists will open on first Friday and will show at HiSAM for the first month and continue at Mori for the second month. Artists need to have 30 pieces in the $18-$400 range and must be able to restock as inventory moves. The majority of sales occur in the under $100 range. Artists will receive 50% of the retail price of the work and10% of sales in the gallery through this partnership will help support Hawaii Craftsmen. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “HISAM/MORI” in the subject if you are interested or would like more information.
For the time being Lisa, the staff at Mori and I will be the jury. If you are interested in participating as a juror please let me know, certainly this is a project that you the members could and should feel like you can be a part of (and certainly you don’t have to be on the board to participate!). If you are interested in organizing shows and have a talent for meeting deadlines and would be interested in taking a leadership position with this venture also let me know.
John Koga has informed me of a potential partnership with the Halekulani. They are looking for some Hawaii Craftsmen artists to work on the continuing story of their famous Halekulani Keawe tree and create some work from it. If you are interested please contact me via email with “Halekulani” in the subject.
As we roll into the holiday season I would like to wish everyone a Happy Turkey Day (that’s coming up soon!) and to consider a donation to your favorite local non profit all volunteer craft organization on Giving Tuesday November 27th and join the world in addressing local challenges in the arts through small acts of kindness (or a big one if you have the means!).
Lastly, there has been some discussion with Sandy Pohl about a Christmas retail show, if you are interested in that please let me know via email, please put “Xmas” in the subject.
Raku Ho'olaule'a 2018
SEPTEMBER 21ST - SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018
2018 Raku Ho'olaule'a Highlights
Hawaii Craftsmen's Raku Ho'olaule'a celebrated its 42nd anniversary with a full schedule of activities this year. The program began with a well-attended Community Kiln event in Chinatown in March, at which children and other aspiring ceramic artists purchased and glazed tea bowls that were then fired by volunteer potters in a kiln on Pauahi Street. A Japanese tea ceremony demonstration and tea bowl workshop at UH Manoa were scheduled to follow in August, but regrettably Hurricane Lane forced the cancellation of those activities. The program had much better luck in September, with visiting artist Scott Young's lecture and wet clay demonstration at Windward Community College, followed by the Raku Ho'olaule'a festival "main event" on the North Shore at Camp Mokule'ia. Over 60 participants in five groups of potters enjoyed three days of firings, fellowship and fine weather. At the close of the festival, artist Scott Young (contemporary Raku category) and Urasenke Foundation's Ellen Fook (traditional Raku category) juried and selected 75 artworks by 42 artists for an exhibit currently on view at Jeff Chang Pottery & Fine Crafts at Windward Mall in Kaneohe. All artworks are for sale and the show will continue through November 14.
Mark your calendars: The 2019 Raku Hoolaulea will be held September 19-22 at Camp Mokuleia.
SCOTT YOUNG WET CLAY DEMONSTRATION
RAKU MAIN EVENT
Hawai’i Craftsmen 51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition
Only a few more days left to see our 51st consecutive Annual Juried Exhibition! Incredible art and fine craft from Hawaii’s best known artists, and some new ones you haven’t heard of yet. The holidays are just around the corner, and everything is available for purchase through our online store. Support your Hawai’i artists!
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 email@example.com by November 14th for inclusion in the next newsletter.
“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.”
OCTOBER 11, 2018 - MARCH 24, 2019
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
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.
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NOVEMBER 8, 2018 – FEBRUARY 2, 2019
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For 50 years, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen has relied on the generosity of members, supporters, and volunteers like you, who have helped us accomplish our mission to serve as an integral part of the fine craft community, promote fine crafts throughout the state, and support our community of member artists. Help Hawaiʻi Craftsmen continue the sustainability and growth of its programs and events today by making a tax-deductible monetary contribution—however large or small— by sending us a check or contributing online.
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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 email@example.com
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