Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Ukulele--Fabric Postcard

(Ukulele, Fabric Postcard, 4" x 6")

Today's fabric postcard is a photograph of my ukulele and kukui nut lei which was transferred to fabric. This piece has no embellishments and has basic quilting around the objects. I thought embellishments and heavy quilting would distract from the simple beauty of the photograph. What do you think? This fabric postcard will be donated to the Alzhiemer's Quilt Project.

The ukulele, a Hawaiian word which means "jumping flea," is associated with Hawaiian music. However, it was developed from a Portuguese instrument called cavaquinho (pron. /ka.va.'ki.ɲu/ in Portuguese). There are four types of ukuleles: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. My ukulele is a tenor 4-string and is crafted from koa wood by Kamaka Hawaii Inc., maker of Hawaii's finest ukuleles since 1916.

"Kamaka Hawaii is a family-owned and operated business. The Kamaka family has been dedicated to building skillfully-handcrafted ukuleles for nearly a century. Kamaka ukuleles are world-renown, and possess a lasting, rich tone that cannot be duplicated. The process of making a Kamaka ukulele is an art that involves design, redesign, and experimentation to produce instruments with outstanding tonal and playing characteristics."

Kamaka Hawaii, Inc. Kamaka Ukulele. 2006. 1 Aug. 2007. <http://www.kamakahawaii.com/index.html>.

Our Kamaka ukuleles are treasured heirlooms.

Links:

Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum

Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro—A You Tube performance with a ukulele

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