lei-centric 2021 - michelle schwengel-regala

By fishcake

$ 175.00

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fishcake presents a collection of unconventional leis in it pop-up exhibition, “lei-centric,” featuring a range of materials by local artists.  

the iconic symbol of hawaii originated as a sacred offering to deities, chiefs or events in the early era of hawaiian culture. common types of lei were the maile vine lei, hala seed lei, ti leaf lei, niho palaoa lei made of bone and shell, and the feather hulu manu lei.

fast forward into the 1900’s, floral leis were the first gift visitors received when they arrived at the piers of the Aloha Tower as a warm aloha welcome to the island. today, lei giving has become a time honored practice for any special occasion whether it is a birthday, wedding, graduation, guest speaker, or celebration.

lei-centric is a collection that features the lei in a refreshing way using materials and techniques not commonly accessible at your everyday lei stand. this exhibition gives artists the chance to flex their skills and create a production of art pieces that the public can enjoy as well as purchase for their own lei giving celebrations coming up this year.


Michelle Schwengel-Regala is a scientist-turned-artist whose art career began during her undergraduate degree programs in Wildlife Ecology and Entomology. For fifteen years she worked as a science illustrator, communicating science by collaborating with researchers and museums around the USA and abroad. After moving to Hawai‘i in 2005 she shifted from 2D works on paper to 3D fiber sculpture and then to metal, now used both as a sculptural and a drawing medium. Natural history and field work remain at the core of her conceptual approaches, often featuring species endemic to Hawai‘i or Antarctica.


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