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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.
janet tran - Born and raised in Hawai'i, Tran lives in Honolulu, where her fascination and analysis of the city’s transformation prompted her to pursue architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). In 2012, after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on interior design, she continued her architectural studies while simultaneously expanding her interests and skills in the arts. Her recent art processes and manipulations of spatial relationships are influenced by her longstanding employment in her family’s small business and as a student assistant for the Children’s Center, UHM. In May 2016, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus on fiber from the Department of Art and Art History, UHM.
cardboard icoshedron - CMWB lei - $45
bacon & eggs breakfast lei - $70
nigiri sushi lei - $180
plastic strap lei - $15