August 18th, 2020 / posted by paularath

Ghislaine Chock, “Starry Night Fragments,” handwoven twill in a complex woven pattern (one of five)                           All photos courtesy of Hawaii Handweavers’ Hui

Jerry and I decided to change our walking itinerary today. Instead of walking in various neighborhoods in Nuuanu Valley, we combined our walk with a few errands, including a trip to FedEx and UPS in Downtown Honolulu. It’s such a foot-friendly city and has sidewalks, something sorely lacking in our valley.

Another of Ghislaine Chock’s exquisite “Starry Night Fragments”

While Downtown, we decided to take one last look at the Hawaii Handweavers’ Hui exhibition in the beautiful Mezzanine Gallery of the Pauahi Tower at Bishop Square. You may recall from my January blog that the show is called “Suitable for Framing.” It’s a wonderful opportunity for weavers and other practitioners of fiber arts to show their work in a public venue with good lighting and generous wall and air space (super high ceilings).

Linda Taylor’s “Installation 2.0, handwoven wool tapestry, cotton canvas

The show was organized by extraordinary weaver Ghislaine Chock, who did everything from securing the space to communicating with the artists and hanging the work, which is a real challenge with those high ceilings.

The show was originally scheduled to be taken down July 11, but….a certain virus got in the way.

Now the take down is scheduled for September 4, so there are just a few more weeks to go and see it.

Joan Namkoong, “A Meandering Thread,” stitching and handwoven twill

The juror is Sara Oka, who recently retired as textile curator at the Honolulu Museum of Art. In her Juror’s Statement, Sara wrote: “Textiles have an ability to connect with so many audiences and viewers because of the familiarity textiles provide. From body adornment to home embellishments, from ceremonial, religious and festival applications, fibers take center stage in so many aspects of our lives.”

My own “North Shore Surf’s Up,” hand-dyed mix of fibers with rust and indigo

It’s unlike any show I have ever seen, much less had the privilege to be part of. Yes, there are some beautiful woven pieces using traditional fibers such as twill, linen, and silk kimono. But there are other artworks that weave in surprising materials: photographs, clay and copper wire.

My own “Summer on the South Shore,” hand-dyed mix of fibers with rust and indigo

My work is a combination of fibers – silk charmeuse, linen, cotton, raw silk, silk organza – dyed with either rust or indigo. I also experimented with some fibers interwoven with metals that were given to me by a Korean textile artist. Every fiber takes the dye differently, so the variety is endless.

They represent the ocean and beaches where I grew up, at Papailoa on the North Shore.

This show is an ideal antidote to the times we live in. Give yourself a break and enjoy a lovely exhibition in an elegant, quiet setting. And then pop in to Kai Coffee for a coffee and some of the best pastries in town.

Paula Rath

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duncan graham
August 19th, 2020 at 1:59 am

so glad i had the chance to see this!

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