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The Art of Lei Making

  • Handcraft Studio School 5885 Doyle St Emeryville, CA, 94608 United States (map)

The Art of Lei Making
with Artlyn Mali'o
Saturday, May 2, 2:30-5:30PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
$90 includes most materials*, limit 12 students

Participants will learn how make fresh a flower lei, garland and/or crowns in the traditional Polynesian style using ti leaf. In celebration of Lei Day (May 1), we will discuss the meaning of the lei as a symbol of Hawai'i and more importantly its role as the sincerest form of aloha.

The lei created in this class can be kept for one's home or given away - but never thrown away. We will cover the protocol of the handling, keep and disposal of your lei. We will learn about the proper selection, care and preparation of plant material. As we are creating leis with 100% plant material, it is essential that we learn the techniques associated with manipulating the medium. Some techniques include knotting, braiding and lengthening the substrate. After learning how to make the base layer, you will hone the most challenging part of lei making, the placement of the flowers and greenery. Each student will fill a lei with flowers of their choice.* All participants will walk away with some form of lei or garland to showcase around your neck, in your home or to adorn a loved one.

*All participants are asked to gather/bring their own special flowers. Ferns, herbs, and flower buds are also welcomed and encouraged. Ti leaf, as well as a small quantity of flowers, will be provided for class use. Please forage responsibly.

Artlyn Mali'o is owner of Alkhemy Print + Pattern, a surface design studio in Berkeley, California. She is a maker, designer, artist, and hula practitioner. Her background in Polynesian dance (Tahitian and Hawaiian ) creates a rich cultural element from which she draws much inspiration. Much of her design work is rooted in these indigenous traditions through both insight and context. As a former instructor of design, exercising teaching skills is paramount to her life mission. By providing design workshops to the public, she continues sharing skills acquired through study and experience. She maintains a healthy addiction to the fiber arts of Africa, Oceania, and Polynesia, including kapa, lauhala weaving, coconut palm weaving, and rope plaiting. Currently, she also maintains an unhealthy addiction to black tea, paper, sticks, rope, and vintage linens.