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ORIHON (ORI~fold) (HON~book)
This Orihon is an accordian style folded journal created to chronicle thoughts and feelings I've had over the past year to the present. This is a critical year of my life and I felt the need to record it through an artistic endeavor. I have several Orihon in various stages of completion. I started one with the intent of recording my family history...it forced me to revisit many childhood issues...and I had to put it "on hold".
In the planning of this event, we decided we would use it to record our ancestry. We (kama'aina ~ kama (child) aina (land) = child of the land), of many nationalities that have landed in Hawaii, have a unique microcosm of blended cultural diversity. What I appreciate about our "melting pot" is the fact that every culture is embraced instead of categorized. This is especially evident at Thanksgiving. I remember my Auntie Helen seved turkey, sushi, chow mein, glazed ham, kahlua pig (yummm), lomi lomi salmon...and more. It's truly the authentic way to celebrate our American holiday to give thanks. Our children learn the hula, karate, strum the ukulele, dance at Obon Festivals, set off firecrackers in February to celebrate the Chinese New Year without thought of crossing concious boundaries of cultures. On the "Mainland"...life in America began with those who came on the Mayflower. In Hawaii, Hawaiian history is covered thoroughly while young. We always give honor to the Hawaiians that inhabited the islands before it was "discovered". Others emigrated from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Portual, Thailand, India and more.
Page One (Cover)
The cover page has a pocket to add ATC cards and memorabilia. Elements: satin stitching with 30 wt. rayon thread, carved tortoise bead, grommets with leather ties
Silk screened fabric quilted with free motion and embellished with charms. Elements: bamboo leaves silk screen, bird silk screen (silver metallic paint), 30 wt. rayon thread for quilting, silver medium grommets, ball chain, charms (Asian coin, Buddha, "believe"), leather cord.
Photo printed on fabric framed with silk dupioni quilted with metallic thread. Elements: photo print fabric, silk dupioni, tea dyed lace, vintage heart rhinestone brooch, metiallic thread, "cherish" charm, glass beads, rayon thread for hand embroidery and French knots.
Page Four and Five
The two pages were used as one large page with a pocket to add notes. Elements: permanent fabric pens, fabric rubber stamped with fabric ink, ric rac, brads, dragonfly charm, "journey" charm.
Cotton fabric with Asian design quilted and embellished with charms. Elements: cotton fabric, silver metallic thread, Swarovski crystals, Jade fish charms.
Cotton fabric with Kanji design quilted and adorned with beads, tassels, and grommets. Elements: cotton fabric, poly embroidery thread, Swarovski crystals, wire wrapped charms (Asian coin, acrylic bead, "joy"), rayon tassel, grommets
Page Eight (Back cover)
Cotton Batik fabric with satin stitching and pocket with free motion. Elements: cotton batik fabric, 30 wt. rayon thread, coconut bead wired wrapped to create a button, antiqued brass grommets
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