September 18th, 2019 / posted by paularath

The scene this morning on our deck.        Photo by Jerry Mayfield

Jerry and I had an enjoyable experience this morning. We were filmed for two TV segments on an exciting new local show called “HI on Art.” 

The show is executive produced by Will Espero and directed and shot by Fred Vanderpoel, a long time film, TV, video and advertising creative. Each show features several Hawaii artists from various fields, from sculpture and painting to music and tattooing.

Will was a Hawaii State Senator for many years. Will has always had a deep appreciation for the arts and showed his support for Hawaii’s art community in so many ways. He’s a guy who doesn’t just give lip service to the arts – he finds ways to support and mentor local art and artists.

I got to know Will through Hifi, the Hawaii Fashion Incubator. He served on the board and was enormously helpful to founders Melissa May White and Toby Portner in so many ways. When I ran into Will recently (at an art opening, natch) I was excited to hear that he has found a new way to support Hawaii artists, through a weekly TV show. Before I knew it, he had asked Jerry and me to appear as subjects on “HI on Art.”

That’s Will Espero talking to me on our deck and Fred Vanderpoel behind the camera.

When considering what aspect of art I wanted to talk about, I quickly focused on fiber art, as that is where my passion lies right now. The show’s format is a monologue, so I just did a stream of conscious interview about my love of fibers and how I dye them and create works of art with them. It was a fun way to go a little deeper into my own take on art.

I did a sort of show and tell about the process of natural dyeing and shared some successes – and some failures. I also talked about a few new dyes I am experimenting with. (A blog about avocado pits is coming soon).

Jerry was filmed in our living room with his 40 sketchbooks.

Jerry shared his passion for sketching. Would you believe he has filled 40 sketchbooks during our travels and his forays around Oahu? He talked about how inspiring it is to look at the world through your sketches. “It captures a moment in time,” he said, far more effectively than a photo. A sketch takes you right back to the place where you sketched it, whether that was Tallinn, Estonia or a pub in Killarney, Ireland or a beach on Oahu.

Fred wanted him to just keep turning the pages of various sketchbooks, almost like creating a mini-movie with the fabulous drawings. So beautiful!

Will said the segment with our interviews will probably run on Saturday, September 28, at 11 p.m. on Channel 11. (It’s easy to remember “11 on 11.”) If you’re not up at 11 p.m. on Saturday nights (I know we aren’t), just set your DVR to tape the series. That’s what we do. Or look for it at

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of our segments!

Paula Rath


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duncan graham
September 19th, 2019 at 4:44 am

so exciting! tape it for me?

September 26th, 2019 at 2:11 am

Sure, will do!

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