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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

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