UH West Oʻahu students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to learn about native dyes from a well-known Hawaiʻi artist during a three-hour workshop later this month.
Bernice Akamine, an accomplished Hawaiʻi island artist and cultural practitioner, is also an expert in the creation and use of waihoʻoluʻu, or natural plant dyes. Those attending the workshop will learn dye making techniques as well as using mordants to set the dye, and the making of a waihoʻoluʻu reference chart.
Akamine’s artwork has been collected by the American Museum of Natural History, the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Portland Art Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. She was a 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship recipient from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 29, at Hale Kuahuokalā in the student organic garden. For more information, or to reserve a place at the workshop, contact Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer at manulani@hawaiʻi.edu.