Thursday, July 09, 2009

Ahupua'a block printed design Kahala Sportswear

Original art commissioned by Kahala Sportwear. The colors were toned down from these ocean blues to more muted shades to go with shorts and pants for the printed fabric.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Hand carved vintage homemade surfboard turned into block print

I took this photograph today of this surf board inside Kahala Sportswear store.It's on display to show customers that the shirts in their line are all from an artist's studio.

Kahala products each have a story and this piece literally tells a story:

An abandoned handmade surfboard left on beach for days.

I carried it home after watching for 2 days to see if owner would claim it.

Stripped the duct tape, resin and fiberglass off of it .(Original board shown here)

Took my tracing paper layout and copied the art onto this board using graphite.

Carved images.

Inked board.

Printed image onto paper many, many times (10 + times )to get the perfect one.

Gave art to Dale Hope who sent it to Japan to be printed onto 3000 yards of fabric.

Thank you,


Aloha shirt in Kahala Sportswear store window

"Skills" aloha shirt in front window of Kahala Sportswear store at Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

The hand carved blocks for this print shown a few posts earlier.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Rare vintage sap green,black and white silk shirt in bamboo print

This shirt is beautifully constructed with hand made silk frogs. The pattern maker used 3 yards or more to create this engineered print that flows not only across the front of shirt but the collar matches in a seamless fashion.

I am in awe of the single needle construction and timeless beauty of this bamboo print.It is a breath taking shirt that gave a man many happy moments while he wore this to events; it is not an every day shirt and would have been taken out of his closet for special times

Seen here in my profile picture also.

Thank you for looking at this shirt with me!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Casual elegance in Japanese Plantation Camp in Hawaiian Islands

This image is one of the most beautiful family/house scenes that I have ever come across.

Bamboo growing in background.

Banana plants in foreground

Clean thatched roof with beautiful lines.

Bamboo wall erected perfectly.

Beautiful young mother holding her child with blouse open,showing that she may have just nursed him.

Friday, June 12, 2009

HOW magazine,May Issue on Hand rendered art

"Print It Yourself"

"...Printing by hand is all the rage in design, and you can tap into the trend with our step-by-step instructions for 3 cool projects you can do yourself. It’s the perfect excuse to walk away from your computer and get ink on your fingers..."