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LV presents “Hawai’i Art Now”

February 9th, 2012

Nadine Kam photos

The lovely Eli Baxter wrapped up in one of her dark, thorny works, “The Garden Stories: Ascension 2012,” part of a series of pieces made from bicycle inner tubes and electrical wire.

Art lovers were treated to a private preview of the “Hawai’i Art Now” exhibition at Honolulu Academy of Arts on Feb. 7, as part of Louis Vuitton’s Art Walks program.

Launched in 2006, the international cultural program is dedicated to provide insight into the lives and work of artists, and several of the artists were on hand to talk about their work.

Louis Vuitton is the presenting sponsor for the amazing and diverse show, and it’s exciting to get a glimpse of the kinds of contemporary work being done here. It’s always nice to see artists thinking beyond the pervasive bread-and-butter palm tree and ocean “art,” if you can even call it that.

It’s great to see so many of the luxury brands, including Chanel, Hermès and Fendi—all mentioned here before—supporting the arts in Hawaii.

Of course, it reflects a love of artistry and craftsmanship that has been at the heart of LV’s culture since its founding in 1854. In modern times, Marc Jacobs, artistic director since 1997, has been a leader in forging collaborations with artists, bringing the unique visions of such contemporary artists as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince to the brand.

I got there too late to hear the artists, but there was a whole lot of buzz about that little red box on the pedestal, covered in the artist’s skin. She probably got the reaction she wanted. Guests were grossed out but titillated. I will definitely go back for a closer look!

Some of Sally French’s “Superheroes.” It’s scary that the one on the lower left looks a little like me. A couple other of her miniatures also look like me.

Dorothy Faison’s “The Captain’s Lawnbed Courtesy of the Lawnboat Historical Society, 2011-2012,” with watercolor, lithocoal and charcoal work on the wall, “Aeternum, Servants Sub Pectore Vulnus/Nursting an Everlasting Wound Within the Breast and the Lawan Boats Make Their Deliveries, 2008.”

The path to the courtyards was lighted with battery powered luminaries. Real candles were considered, but champagne and fire are not compatible.

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Akihiko Izukura textile workshops slated

January 10th, 2012

Courtesy Academy Art Center at Linekona
Textiles by Akihiko Izukura will be available for sale during a trunk show at the Ilikai. The textile artist is in town for a exhibitions and a series of workshops.

The Academy Art Center at Linekona is offering a series of workshops with
Akihiko Izukura, a natural textile artist with an international reputation for striking textile installations and fashion garments.

Through his work, Izukura emphasizes sustainability and the preservation of our environment for future generations. His guiding philosophies are “compassion for life²” and “zero waste.”

During the workshops, students will have the opportunity to learn Izukura’s techniques of natural dyeing, reeling, weaving, netting, braiding and twining. His dyeing incorporates extracts from walnut, madder, clove and logwood, with energy from the sun.

The workshops are being held in conjunction with an exhibition of his work, “Life in Colors in Hawaii 2012,” taking place Jan. 17 to 27 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 at the Academy Art Center at Linekona.

In addition, he will be presenting a trunk show, with textiles, scarves and some of his zero-waste creations, from 3 to 7 p.m. Jan. 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Ilikai Hotel & Suites, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd., suite 2210.

One of Akihiko Izukura’s braiding scarves.

Here are the workshops:

Jan. 18
Braiding Scarf: Learn sun-dyeing and braiding techniques. Use double-dyed accordion
tapes of 100 percent silk to create three colorful strands that will be braided
together to make a scarf. From 9 a.m. to  1 p.m.; $125.

Jan 19
Netting Scarf: Dye two pieces of silk fabric, cut and net to make a silk scarf. From 9 a.m. to noon; $80.

An example of reeling fibers by hand.

Jan. 20 and 21
Reeling: Learn reeling techniques with silk thread. To start, students will construct a form from cardboard and plastic wrap. Silk thread is then reeled onto this form and starched. The silk sculpture is then removed from the form. A demonstration of reeling
directly from silkworm cocoons will be provided. From 9 a.m. to noon; cost of two sessions is $160.

Zero-Waste Fashion Design: Workshop focuses on sustainability in fashion design, using natural materials. Students will experience sun-dyeing with a silk tube textile.
The silk tube will then be used to create a zero-waste garment. Students should bring their own sewing machines or needles and threads for hand-sewing. From 1 to 5 p.m., two sessions, $300.

Feb. 8 to 10
Eight Ceremonial Methods of Dyeing and Weaving: This workshop will explore the theory of spinning, dyeing and weaving. Make yarn by hand (reeling, spinning and plying) from silk and hemp, then sun-dye them. Students will set the warp on original Izukura handlooms and experiment with techniques of netting, braiding and weaving. From 9 a.m. to ­ 1 p.m.;cost of three sessions is $300.

For information and registration, visit