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Lynn Martin Graton - Thresholds, Journeys with Fibers and Fronds

Lynn Martin Graton

Thresholds, Journeys with Fibers and Fronds

April 22 - June 21, 2021

Kahilu Theatre Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 pm - 5 pm 

Lynn Martin Graton with Coconut Fiber Baskets.                                         Photo Credit: Margo Vitarelli

Kahilu Exhibits will presents a solo exhibition, Thresholds, Journeys with Fibers and Fronds by Lynn Martin Graton, from April 22 to June 21, 2021 in the Simperman and Hamakua Galleries of the Kahilu Theatre. The exhibit features both woven textiles and coconut fiber basketry. In the Simperman Gallery, Graton is expanding upon traditional loom weaving techniques to create textiles that echo ancient traditions of meditative scrolls and fabrics that define sacred spaces.

Ikat Waeaving in Progress, Lynn Martin Graton

In the Hamakua Gallery, the exhibition features traditional coconut basketry Lynn learned over four decades ago from master weavers on the remote islands of Micronesia, Fiji, and Tahiti. There will be a virtual gallery walk-through with the artist available for free on Kahilu.TV.

Overshot Weaving in Progress, Lynn Martin Graton

“Creating with fiber is about the overlaps. Each one creates a threshold that demands a decision and presents an opportunity. One by one, the decisions combine to form a rhythmic journey, transforming isolated strands and strips into a new and enduring whole. Creating with fiber is also about melding body and mind in search of just the right tension—when to hold tight, when to loosen your grip, when to let go. Isn’t it so with life?”—Lynn Graton Martin.

Coconut Fiber Baskets, Lynn Martin Graton
Lynn’s journey in crafts began in the 1970s when she received a Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics & Sculpture and Arts Education at the University of Guam. During those years, she learned traditional basketry and floral techniques from master weavers from the islands of Micronesia. After receiving a Master’s in Pacific Island studies with a minor in fiber arts from the University of Hawai’i Manoa under scholarship from the East West Center, Lynn spent her career as a folklorist and arts administrator working for state arts agencies in Hawai'i and New Hampshire.

Overshot Weaving and Sashiko Embroidery - Detail, Lynn Martin Graton 

For five years, she worked as a researcher and program manager and for a water-powered historic farm in New Hampshire that focused on 19th century occupational and craft traditions. During her career, she maintained her love of fiber arts and experimented with stained glass. Born in Germany, her artwork reflects living, traveling, studying, and working in places as diverse as Japan, Guam, the islands of Micronesia, the Hawaiian Islands, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Iran, Thailand, Nepal, India, Hong Kong and northern New England. She now calls Waimea home.

Coconut Fiber Basket - Detail, Lynn Martin Graton

Thresholds, Journeys with Fibers and Fronds will be on display from April 22 to June 21, 2021 at the Kahilu Theatre.

Kahilu Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1pm – 5pm. For more information, call (808) 885-6868.

The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Mollie & Jim Hustace, Keolani Keawe, Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods, Woodbury Inspection Group and the Fairmont Orchid.



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