we are so lucky to be working with these talented and passionate "makers" of hawai'i.
the term "makers" refers to our local craftsmen and artists that we support and collaborate with their works in fishcake interior designs.
this partnership has incredible benefits to complete the flow of the interior space as well as give back to the local economy.
amelia holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (BFA) with a specialization in fiber from the university of hawai‘i at mānoa. with her passion for the arts, collaborative nature and incredible talent, amelia has gone from student of the arts to a creative entrepreneur. most recently taking a focus in rope vessel making.
andrew mau was born and raised in honolulu before studying furniture design at the rhode island school of design. after completing his studies, andrew stayed in rhode island, progressing his own body of work, as well as consulting, managing and designing for companies such as Studio DUNN and O&G Studio. he likes catching his own food, win-win solutions, and the scent of pakalana.
christopher edwards makes intricate, hand-built ceramic forms inspired by the algorithmic logic of the natural world. his work has been purchased by the honolulu museum of art, the hawaii state foundation on culture and the arts, art in public places program, as well as national and international private collectors. he started working in ceramics in 2012 and has a background in graphic design. he lives in honolulu, hawaii.
donna miyashiro at hawaiian blue
hawaiian blue, led by donna miyashiro and tokunari fujibayashi, is a honolulu-based company dedicated to sharing the craft of natural dyeing by producing their signature indigo-hued soft goods. both as a plant and in the dye vat, indigo takes on a life of its own. “I remember one night when [the plants] were kind of big, I went to look out and I thought I killed them. but they actually sleep at night,” says donna miyashiro, a tiny woman from ‘aiea with enough humble exuberance to fill the narrow dye room of hawaiian blue, located in lana lane studios in kaka‘ako. miyashiro grows the hawaiian indigo that she and founder tokunari fujibayashi use to dye her sewn creations and other items like stained shirts or toe socks—anything they can get their hands on, really—in the courtyard of her home. her dog likes to take morning naps in the shade of the indigo leaves.
emiko miyazawa at m33ms
raised in california, M33Ms designer emiko miyazawa hails originally from japan. emiko was born into a family of creatives, including her great grandmother who crafted japanese dolls, a kabuki dancer aunt, and her traditional sushi chef father. the seeds of design sprouted early in miyazawa, who crafted her first jewelry pieces at the age of twelve. her professional career also took root early on as a design and production assistant for a brentwood jewelry designer, and by 19 was helping to exhibit at jewelers association shows in new york city. miyazawa is a self taught designer as well as a graduate gemologist from the gemological institute of america. miyazawa’s love of design further flourished after working for a patek philippe watch agent, where she acquired an affinity for timepieces and the intricacies of their movements, a recurring theme in her designs today. currently living in honolulu, emiko uses the calming influence of simple island life, to express herself with clarity, balance and meaning. “I love making jewelry because jewelry can be used as a portal for sharing the intangible things in life that can only be felt.”
duncan dempster is a honolulu-based artist and educator working primarily in print media. he is currently an instructor in printmaking at the university of hawaii, manoa, and is the executive director of honolulu printmakers, a 90-year old nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting print culture in the state of hawaii. in addition to a personal studio practice, he has been involved in numerous collective printmaking projects involving community outreach, collaboration, and exteriorized studio strategies, most recently a project called .5ppi.
gaye chan (on left)
gaye chan is an artist who wants her practice to be akin to the workflow of composting worms - transforming material without causing harm and with little fanfare. she has made nearly 200 baskets for gifting and bartering. she has taught workshops, as part of performances, and as an ongoing fundraising project to support EATING IN PUBLIC’s meager needs – paint, glue, staples, garden hoses, etc. free instructions are downloadable from http://nomoola.com/baskets/
artist and revered teacher, george woollard. not only passionate about his dual endeavors of making art and teaching art, woollard believes that each provides inspiration to continue practicing the other. also contributing to the creative fire is a lifetime of traveling the globe, armed with boundless curiosity and a deep belief in the benefits of considering the points-of-view of others. for woollard, the feeling of “life” in a work is the gift he seeks to pass on to its viewers. he considers his completed pieces to be best understood as performance art: “It is in the making of things that the art takes place.”
jinja kim (on far right)
jinja kim is both a painter and a printmaker. she received her BFA degree in painting from ewha women's university in seoul, korea and her MFA in printmaking from the university of hawaii. during 1982-3 she studied engraving at atelier 17 in paris on pillsbury artist fellowship. she has participated in many solo, group, invitational and juried exhibitions in hawaii, korea, japan and europe. her paintings and prints are in the collections of the SFCA, the contemporary museum, honolulu academy of art, lati museum in finland and the bibliotheque nationale de Paris.
john koga, the mastermind behind the scene pulling art in the public and taking it to extremes. he is always actively looking to create and collaborate with young and emerging artists taking the art scene to the next level.
the geography and geology of the big island of hawaii greatly inspire kamran's current explorations with abstraction. he replicates key landforms in the region by distilling and inverting their form into geometric shapes, tunnels and voids. additionally, he is also focused on the dissection, manipulation, and reconfiguration of common basalt stone. while his materials may vary, kamran's work shares common formal and conceptual roots in history, land and the earth, ultimately encouraging mindful contemplation.
keiko hatano at khstudio
keiko hatano was born in tokyo japan. since she moved to the united states in 1974, she has been active in the contemporary art community in both curating and creating.
she has experimented in different mediums such as wood, metal, fiber and painting. she has achieved recognitions, publicity with press, and has had work purchased by both state and private collectors. in 2014 she started her own skincare line using herbs from her garden and organic ingredients.
laurie sumiye is a hawai`i-born artist and filmmaker who investigates environmental tensions between humans and nature. her background in interactive media, animation, journalism and design uniquely informs her videos, drawings and installations. laurie spent 16 years working in creative and technology in san francisco, los angeles, new york and london. laurie has shown her award-winning films at doc nyc, bam cinemaFest and PS1MoMA, and exhibited in new york, los angeles, hawai`i and internationally in belfast, south africa and sao paulo, brazil. she holds a mfa in integrated media arts from hunter college in new york, ba & bs in art and communications from bradley university, and studied art at lorenzo de’ medici in florence and pratt institute in new york. laurie currently works and lives in honolulu, hawaii.
mark chai is an award-winning, hawaiian-chinese artist who combines his formal training in art with a lifelong passion for aesthetic design to create beautiful lamps, furniture, large installations, sculpture and recycled works. although renown for his work with recycled materials, today mark is also excited about using fine woods to create pendant lamps of interlocking pieces. each time he gets an idea for a new form, he calculates the angles for the pieces by hand, not by computer.
at an early age, rumi spent hours poring over her mother’s bazaar magazines and recreating designs using makeshift patterns and an old singer. a graduate of the fashion institute of design and merchandising, her creative voice developed out of her work in the garment industry in los angeles and san francisco. influenced deeply by her japanese heritage as well as her love of urban environments, rumi’s designs strike a balance between tradition and modernity, function and beauty.
scott fitzel and kc grennan at xen designs
SCOTT FITZEL and KC GRENNAN are the artists behind XEN DESIGN. both accomplished visual artists, they have worked with a variety of media, from glass and steel molding, glass painting, lighting, and furniture. their work has been featured in numerous galleries, public facilities and hotels in Hawaii. having both studied under the tutelage of the world famous glass sculptor DALE CHIHULY, the two now collaboratively maintain a hot glass studio and metal fabrication shop in kahaluu on o‘ahu.
steve martin (on left)
honolulu-based artist steve martin works out of his studio in the countryside of the island and teaches a wheel-throwing class at the hawaii potters' guild. martin's background with craftwork and ceramics provides him the foundation to create his beautifully abstract yet fully functional sculptures. the carefully orchestrated abstract imagery atop functional pottery exhibit a variety of possible shapes and forms.
the interplay between form and formlessness - and what lies beyond the two - is the substratum and undercurrent for taryn yamane's work, "of endless fascination, is witnessing formlessness find its unique expression through form, as each piece appears to grow out of a silent space, and find its intrinsic balance and beauty". often her work gravitates toward spiritual themes and concepts; traditional iconography with a contemporary presentation. taryn finds joy in creating works that capture the elements of timelessness and universality, using symbols and images that in some way speak to our innate nature. all works are unique and one-of-a-kind, made without the use of commercially-produced templates, molds or stamps. she favors the use of a minimal number of tools or gadgets, using primarily her own two hands to carry out the ceramic art of “hand building” and sculpture.
colleen kimura at tutuvi
tutuvi is owned and designed by colleen kimura, and based in honolulu, hawaii. her collection of screenprinted fabric designs are used on clothing, interior furnishings, and on banners for public spaces. these prints come from the colors and shapes of leaves, fruit, fish, and geometric motifs from the natural environment and cultures of hawai‘i, polynesia and pacific islands.