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..."

Honolulu Star Bulletin article on Workshop by Nadine Kam > Features >
Workshop to focus on textile design

By Nadine Kam

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 11, 2009
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Artist and textile designer Emma Howard will be teaching "How to Turn Your Art Into an Aloha Shirt Print Design" during a weekend workshop June 19-21 at Studio Be, 63 N. Beretania St.

She will give a step-by-step demonstration from drawing to posting finished art with color chips on a presentation board that can be printed industrially overseas onto 3,000 yards of fabric, or as few as 300 yards by a local silk-screener.

Howard hand-paints her designs, or uses Japanese and European chisels to carve blocks made from found objects in her textile designs for apparel and accessory companies in Hawaii and abroad.

She's worked on projects for Kahala Sportswear, Maui Jim Sunglasses, TheBus and Handivan drivers, Patagonia, Iolani, Reyn Spooner and Kendall Jackson Wine, to name a few.

She's worked on motifs featuring Hawaii's endangered species; ocean-life themes such as canoes, surfers and fish; and land-based concepts, such as flowers and coconut palms. More of her designs can be viewed online at

An instructional session will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 19, during which Howard will tell participants how to prepare for the workshop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20-21. The cost is $250.

In addition, Dale Hope, author of "The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands" and art director for Kahala Sportswear, will start the workshop with a presentation on Hawaii's apparel industry. He will also answer questions from artists.

To register, call 692-6727 or e-mail

Workshop article Honolulu Advertiser announcement

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Turn your ART into a TEXTILE

If you've ever wanted to see your art on someone's back, here's an opportunity to learn how to design a textile print using paper, pencil and paint.

Emma Howard, a Kailua-based textile designer, will teach a small group a step-by-step approach, from drawing to finished art, 5 to 8 p.m. June 19 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20 and 21 at a Chinatown studio. Participants will walk away with color chips on a presentation board that can be printed industrially overseas.

Howard has designed textiles for Kahala, TheBus, Dole Plantation and Reyn Spooner, to name just a few.

Students will also hear Dale Hope, author of "The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands" speak about Hawai'i's apparel industry.

Cost: $250. To register, contact Emma Howard at 692-6727 or

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tiare flowers picked on my morning stroll in Lanikai,Oahu

A favorite flower seen on many aloha shirts,fine art canvases and behind the ears of people who love the fragrance.


"... The first acceptable scientific name for the plant was based on Tahitian specimens collected by Jules Dumont d'Urville in 1824. Hence the scientific name of Gardenia taitensis, and the English name of Tahitian Gardenia..."

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Lanikai art studio has aloha shirt yardage blowing in ocean breeze

Yesterday I drove to Honolulu to Kahala's office to pick up a brown envelope containing these 5 pieces of fabric that are shown on the clothes line here.Each one is in a different colorway of same design.

"Skills" Kahala Sportswear motifs include:

outrigger canoe
fishing beach shacks
fishing canoe paddler
canoe paddles
coconut palm trees
man climbing coconut palm tree

Many hours of carving by hand with my chisels and printed by hand .Background texture from my former Kailua concrete studio floor.

Hanging on clothes line in small ("tiny baby" to quote my 3 year old grandson, Ryder Storm) Lanikai art studio courtyard are the 5 different colorways ,blowing in ocean breeze, for this design; Navy and white,green and white,grey and white,green with brown and white, blue with navy and white.