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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.
Allison LaValley is a Hawai‘i-based visual artist and UH-Mānoa grad. She completed her BFA primarily in glass and sculpture, but continues to experiment with multiple media, including watercolor, cut paper, digital, textile, and fiber. After working in Antarctica and spending several years in Japan, Allison returned to O‘ahu in 2015 where her experiences abroad continue to influence her work in both subtle and overt ways. Often piecing together multiple smaller elements, she creates organic, feathery-edged vignettes and “portals” exploring introspective themes, such as memory, seen vs. unseen, and the idea of one’s constructed inner world.
fish lei - $120
auenue lei - $80