Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’


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UPDATE 06.04.2010: See no.5
1. You can build a cuff that becomes a coffee sleeve.
image via thedesignblog.org

image via thedesignblog.org

Made by Contexture from reclaimed architectural veneer offcuts….

can I just say W-o-W

2. You can make wooden rings and jewelry.

image via contexture

These here are bentwood rings,  wedge-shaped bands made with contrasting Benge and Maple layers. Also made with reclaimed architectural veneer offcuts glued cross grain for strength -from Contexture

image via coconut jewelry

Wood and Nautilus ring from Coco Loco Jewelry

Or you can have a beautiful parure of Koa Wood and Bone jewelry, shaped into plumerias, the flower of Hawai’i.

(I do have the three above-i with chord ties instead of clasps, which I think are more in harmony with the wood-…watercolor coming soon:))

3. You can take a hint from the Renassaince painters and make a painting made in wood.

Images from Renaissance: Brunelleschi to Michelangelo

Yyou can build a cuff that becomes a coffee sleeve.

4. You can use a barrel (!) and make furniture with it – give it up for local San Diego artists:)  Check out barrellymadeit.com, their store is located in my very own neighborhood of Hillcrest, Uptown San D.

The concept behind barellymadeit.com

all images via barellymadeit.com

4. You can create a unique Vespa!

Made in Portugal. Click on the image for the site of the artist + more photos.

Do you know of other interesting use of wood in architecture, art, furniture and industrial design?

Do share!  I will keep updating this post.

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North Shores. O'ahu, Hawai'i. March 2010

Back in California, back from the aqua, verdant heaven-on-earth that is Hawai’i.

I learned about the Birthing Rocks, the most sacred site in O’ahu, the  mystical place where the Alii, the Kings and Queens of Hawaii, were born. At the spectacular Bishop Museum a storyteller sang and cried the story of the Hawaiian people and the forced annexation of a proud and sovereign nation. We learned the meaning of a ceremonial hula dance- which was once practiced underground- andthe symbolism of the dance movements.  The words in the Hawai’i language are an ode to the stewardship of the natural bounty of the Isles.

I also had delicious malasadas at Leonard’s.

Most of all I basked in the sun, played in the water, and saw all I could of the Island, by foot, vespa (in two-no helmet!) and PT Cruiser… I filled my eyes with these views–two things really, sea and water, the most amazing thing about the latter being its changing color depending on what side of Oahu we were.

It took me a few days after I got back to go through the circa 3000 photos from the trip  (the convenience of digital camera being both a blessing and a curse).  At last, here are few shots -raw- of pretty, pretty water…my postcards from paradise.

My  soundtrack to these images is the much beloved IZ Kamakawiwo’Ole’s rendition of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’…and all his beautiful songs sung in Hawai’i.

I am excited about the slide feature that WordPress added, hope you enjoy these and fill your eyes with Beauty, everyday.

Sandy Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i. March 2010

Sunset on the last North Shore, O'ahu, Hawai'i. March 2010

Driving around the eastern shore of O'ahu, we chanced upon this sight. March 2010

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O'ahu, Hawai'i. Sandy Beach Park. March 23, 1010. Photograph, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01, Leica Wide Lens.

O'ahu, Hawai'i. Sandy Beach Park. March 23, 2010. Photograph, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01, Leica Wide Lens.

I am in Hawai’i for a week, in the beautiful island of O’ahu, ‘The Gathering Place’. I will compile an album of my favorite shots upon my return;  for now, I just want to share this view of Sandy Beach Park, a true-to-life Luminist painting.  The water was of at least five shades of blue, and where it turned aqua the golden sand mixed with the shallow shore, to create soft sandy tones…a live watercolor. I never saw sand so yellow, granular, perfect.

We reached this beach after a scooter ride following the coastal roads, from our starting point of Waikiki, Honolulu. I can now say I rode a scooter through the mountains of Hawai’i: the road was pretty Montecarlo-like, but the journey was worth it.

Be back soon.

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