We took the term Mall Rats to a new level; 5 days, 90 hours and a LOT of coffee. The Tory Burch Sport store opened in Ala Moana mall last week boasting some quite lovely floors. Tasked to create a complicated, repetitive, geometric pattern, we attacked it full speed. It was by far the most intricate tape job I've ever executed. Very special mahalo to my rad Production Assistant, Lauren Trangmar for not abandoning me in the mall at midnight!
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Spring is in the air and Easter is upon us. This month I took my inspiration from the queen of crafty herself: Martha Stewart. With a few custom touches, a splash of fun and lots of messy fingers, an Easter Art Party was born. My 3 year old son Koa and 6 of his buddies dove right in. It was the perfect exploration of texture and color and can be adapted for any age group. By taking your average panty dry good, food coloring and a little imagination you can create your own Pollock egg experience. A few tips to help you make your project a success:
Get outside. It gets messy. We used blue painters tape to secure the cups during preparation and protect against the natural elements (very windy day).
If working with children gauge your audience and their attention span. You want to set yourself up for success - I pre-dyed all the eggs giving them a base color.
You're going to need a lot of food coloring - I used 4 boxes in total with 7 dozen eggs. Get creative and mix custom colors. Periodically add food coloring to the dry goods - just enough to keep them damp.
Use foods that are white - they look more dynamic and exciting when dyed.
Beans are the best! Kidney beans, black eyed peas, small white beans - the food coloring stays damp longer.
The size of the food makes a difference in the texture pattern - make sure to vary sizes so your final product is visually interesting and irregular.
Items like peanuts and sunflower seeds take a lot of food coloring. They absorb and dry quickly. I did like how these materials provided a more subtle pattern which is why I included them for our kids.
Above all don’t be afraid to experiment and get dirty! Happy dying and a hui hou!
My birthday adventure: Goin country. Went on the hunt for inspiration and discovered a hidden gem just waiting to be explored. An expansive, dilapidated Waimanalo green house and nursery, secret garden heaven! I find my inspiration, treasures and building materials in the most amazing places. Getting dirty, climbing through over grown layers of untamed nature, discovering all the while...Indiana Jones style! Best birthday ever!
Photographs by Nikole Nelson
Our family weekends are consumed with nature and inspiration hunts. Sunday's theme...find ORANGE. In Hawaii signs of the passing seasons are difficult to spot. We were craving Fall and found it in small moments of discovery, amoungt a sea of jungle green.
Red ti leaf. Red silk sari. Stripped bamboo. Weave an intention, find your inspiration. Natural Art installation, Big Island, Hawaii. BLKCORAL by Nikole Nelson.
Photographs by Nikole Nelson.
Sometimes a girl just needs to climb a tree, six acres of off-grid Hilo heaven, ten hands and a creative vision. Scraps. Hundreds and hundreds of tiny silk sari scraps. Tied together over a full moon, woven deep with hopes, dreams and prayers. Five souls sharing in the magic, a meditation to peel away the layers. Here the heartbeat of the aina can be felt pulsing beneath you, ever present and pure love. Welcome to our sacred corner of paradise…HOME.
BLKCORAL by Nikole Nelson. Art installation. Natural Art. Hakalau, Hawaii.
BLKCORAL collection for sirena + the sea. Fall into Winter line. The blessing ceremony.
Jewelry, handmade in Hawaii, in the traditional ti leaf lei making style. Each piece blessed in the ocean before leaving our hands. One of a kind wearable sculptures.
To our clan: We are sending you energy filled with mana, abundance, joy and laughter. Wear your pieces well. Make them your own. And above all take time to feel the experience - you are a goddess. Let her roar.
Love and Aloha,