Thursday, July 14, 2016

Etsy Mini


Hoping to open my Etsy shop by the end of September.  Here is a Etsy Mini widget.




Grace Hudson Museum

The gift shop at Grace Hudson Museum is now carrying my AliiTasiStudio greeting cards!!! Yay for me!!!

Wikipeida has this to say; The Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California is adjacent to the Sun House where artist Grace Hudson and her husband resided until their deaths. The house and museum are owned and operated by the city of Ukiah.
Returning to California, Grace and John Hudson lived the rest of their days leading a modest bohemian lifestyle of collecting, traveling, field work, reading, entertaining, photography and painting based in The Sun House in Ukiah, a Craftsman-style California bungalow they designed and had built of redwood in 1911. The Hopi sun symbol was adopted by the Hudsons as their family symbol; the Sun House displays the emblem prominently over the door. John Hudson died there in 1936.
With no children of her own, Grace Hudson left The Sun House and its land to her nephew, Mark Carpenter. Carpenter preserved the house and its 30,000 collected objects for posterity, giving it to the City of Ukiah which operates the house and the adjoining Grace Hudson Museum. Today, the Sun House is California Historical Landmark #926, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Sun House and Museum are within the 4-acre (16,000 m2) Hudson-Carpenter city park. The museum's website says of Grace Hudson that "...her work enjoys renewed interest and recognition for its fine and sympathetic portrayals of native peoples."[3]

If you are interested you can check out the Grace Hudson Museum facebook page here.  Grace painted the local Pomo Indians for years and developed a fine relationship with them.  Her paintings are beautiful!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Siapo Desgin Greeting Cards


What I've been up to lately!  Greeting Cards!! I have created some greeting cards that are near and dear to my heart. 

They will be available at my brand new Esty shop called AliiTasiStudio, opening at the end of September 2016.  

My greeting cards are one of a kind. There are no two exactly alike. In this series they are hand made from recycled tea bags and stamped with my hand carved stamps using archival inks.  Each tea bag is a piece of signed original art.  

I was inspired to create these cards by my Samoan ancestors and from living with Siapo hanging on the wall of my bedroom as a child.  They are reminiscent of traditional hand pounded Siapo, also known as Tapa, made from Mulberry Tree bark.  There is a long history of Polynesian Tapa in Oceania.  Siapo was/is used as an element of value, given at Births, Weddings, Funerals and important ceremonial gatherings involving High Talking Chiefs and Village Chiefs..  I would love to include you in the tradition of giving Siapo as a valued gift.  I offer these artworks in the form of greeting cards so that you may also give Siapo. Left blank inside for your own creativity!
  
The cards and envelopes include Environmental Certifications from Forest Stewardship (FSC), Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and World Wildlife Foundation.  They are made from 10% post consumer waste. 

Here are a few photos.