Bright Festive Fruits & Vegetables in Chinatown HNL

Each morning Chinatown and I awaken to bright, festive fruits and vegetables being set out. From rambutan to bananas to kohlrabi to dried mushrooms by the pound! I am a well fed Artist-in-Residence here at Ark of the Unicorns!

 

Peek among the boxes…did you see the kitty behind the durian?

Deep Pink Dragonfruit, not quite ripe persimmons, black or white mysterious (to me) fungi…

Prices here are some of the best in town for fruits and vegets, on this heavily populated island a huge majority of food is imported and crazy expensive. Red Peppers are often $4.99/lb in the grocers, but here in Chinatown they are about $1.79/lb if you don’t mind the misshapen ones.

More than just your servings of fruits and vegetables, Chinatown also has several kitchen and home shops to complete your meals.

Meats available include parrot fish and chicken’s feet:

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Photographing Chinatown HNL: Black and White

My previous post covered a few of the photographs I really felt looked best in color, this post shows photographs I really liked in Black and White. Capturing the deep character, feelings evoked, or the message I wish to convey is very often found in the photo editing process.

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Late Night Grocery – As I walked through Chinatown, it’s character asked for additional work to be done to certain photographs. Ones such as this Black and White wants more clarification. I will be printing this one and working with the idea of adding fiber work.

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Tree Jail – What did this naughty, naughty tree do?

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This photograph of the entrance of the Maunakea Marketplace at night is also asking for more from me. The Marketplace draws a crowd of tourists in addition to the neighborhood regulars with a Yelp rating of 3.5 stars. I am curious as to how many stars its regular nighttime homeless visitors would give it. This is another photograph I will be printing out.

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Love the patterns of the palm leaves and using the Gioconda Charcoal & Pencil Drawing kit I received from the Magdalene Odundo Ceramics Workshop I have started sketching them.

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Photographing Chinatown HNL

 

 

My time as Artist-in-Residence at Ark of the Unicorns continues and Honolulu’s Chinatown has been one of the most unique I have visited around the world. There are layers upon layers in the short history of the buildings, a huge mix of peoples not just Chinese, and a stuttering start at gentrification.

These elements all come together to create a character all its own and make for no shortage of photographic opportunities. In today’s entry I’ll post ones that I feel show best with color and next entry will be those I found to be best in black & white.

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Visiting some areas at night, no longer bustling with pedestrians and tourists, shows how much personality even a bus stop can have.

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Playing with various filters in ones photo editing software can bring out various elements one feels at a place or even evoke the delicious smells of dinner being served at a neighborhood restaurant!

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At less than 100 years old, many buildings have packed a lot of history in their short time on Oahu.

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Watch for the next entry on Black and White Photography!

First Friday Exhibition at Ark of the Unicorns

Thank You ever so much to everyone who came out to the see Friendship-in-Progress: Tokyo X HNL at Ark of the Unicorns on First Friday. We appreciate your love of art and your support very much. It has been a busy couple of weeks so far as the Artist-in-Residence. In addition to my exploration of Figures in Wire Sculpture designs, I have had the opportunity to attend an art class in the community organized by Hawaii Craftsmen.

All of the other students, including the instructor of Hawaii Craftsmen’s Master Workshop w/Magdalene Odundo stopped into the Friends-in-Progress Exhibition.

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Enjoying the creativity our guests bring into the space

Attendees bring their own creativity to the Ark :)

One of my earliest Charted Wire Crochet Figure Patterns originally created using Adobe Sketch on my iPad Pro, a work-in-progress photo, and the final wire crocheted piece:

Demonstrating and creating the third figure in progress, Woman in the Water. (Pictured in the Featured Image) Utilizing several blue shades and gauges of wire, it is only in the actual stitching of the piece that I find the best pattern and look I am wanting to show:

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The ultimate goal as Artist-in-Residence is the design and creation of 3D Figures. The feature of using layers in Adobe Sketch allows me to explore several ideas at once within a single sketch and I chose to print all three to see if one pops out as better than the others. Size: 11 x 17 inches each.

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Being Goofy with Chloe Tomomi and Andrew in Chloe’s watercolor space. Find her work on Instagram: ChloeTomomi

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Chloe’s watercolors of shinrin-yoku and satori experiences were so beautifully created. Hung in gallery space in the simplest of ways made them easy for guests to see her depth of scenes through choices of colors and materials:

My friend Mia O also had beautiful work here at Ark of the Unicorns and we had a lot of questions about her mokuhanga, wood-block printing work. Many were curious about the paper she used. Her prints are on washi paper of varying thicknesses and varieties. You can follow her work on Instagram: Mia_O_pen

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