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Hawaii Handweaversʻ Hui

Fiber Journeys of Hawai'i Island

September 14 – October 21, 2017
Kahilu Theatre Galleries

Opening Reception & Artist’s Walkthrough - Thursday September 14, 5-7pm
No host bar and light pupu will be on offer.
Fiber Craft Day- Saturday October 14, 9am - 1pm
Hands-on fiber demonstrations and sale.
Kahilu Exhibits presents a group exhibition, Hawai’i Handweaversʻ Hui: Fiber Journeys of Hawaiʻi Island, from September 14 through October 21, 2017. The exhibit showcases fiber artists of the Big Island, Oahu, and Japan, who were included in the Hawai’i Handweaversʻ Huiʻs 31st Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art School on Oahu.

The selected works at the Kahilu Theatre Galleries feature fresh interpretations of traditional types of fiber art including surface design, weaving, lashing, and wearable art as well as art created with nontraditional materials and innovative techniques.

The theme of the Biennial Juried Exhibition on Oahu is interpreted by the artists in a myriad of ways. Biennial Juror, Mary Babcock, MFA, MA/PhD, is a Professor, Fiber Art Chair, and Graduate Chair of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She writes about the exhibition, “In reviewing the work for Fiber Journeys, I was profoundly struck by the richness of the weaving community, the sincerity of the work and the dedication to fiber a as a point of entry into new and often unfamiliar worlds. The selection was difficult as the work as a whole was diverse and strong. Unable to include all the work in this single exhibition, I landed on works that I thought best embraced the notion of a journey of inquiry- of passage from one place or stage to another, along with the courage, persistence and ingenuity such travel entails. I also reflected in the notion of an artist as traveler, a term originating from the word travail, “to toil or labor.” Journey on... “

One of the Hawai’i artists included in Fiber Journeys of Hawaiʻi Island is Susan Mori. Her work Rainbow Rag is listed as “Sakiori, summer and winter weave, cotton, hand-dyed with Japanese indigo, and hand-cut scrap fabric.”


About the work she writes, “The journey began in Tokyo with cotton thread dyed in indigo, measured and wound around the back beam of my loom. Then packed for a move to Hawai’i, warp ready and waiting to interlace with weft. Now home in Waimea, a weft hand cut from the cloth of old clothing is woven in rainbow colors, evoking a lifetime love of reuse and recycle. Cultural values embodied in the Japanese rag-weaving technique of “sakiori.” Nothing is wasted”.
As apart of this exhibition, on October 14, members of the Hawaii Handweaversʻ Hui will hold Fiber Craft Day, a sale of locally made weavings and hands-on demonstrations at the Kahilu Theatre Galleries. The fiber demos will include weaving, knitting, braiding, macramé, spinning and looping, and the public is encouraged to participate in this free event. All materials and equipment will be provided.

The Hawai’i Handweavers’ Hui (HHH) is a nonprofit organization founded on Oahu in 1953 to promote handweaving in Hawaiʻi. It currently has branches on both Oahu and the Big Island, with a mission to provide mentorship to new weavers and spinners, and perpetuate the joy of their craft.

The Kahilu Theatre Galleries exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday thru Friday, from 9am – 1pm, and during all performances. For more information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call (808) 885-6868.


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