© 2010 Fannie Narte
Do you think you have to be Hawaiian to understand and live the true meaning of "Aloha"?
When someone gives you their "Aloha" in word or deed, they are giving you gifts from their heart. What does that mean? It means that they are expressing love and kindness through their words, and if given materially or by a hug, along with that gift or hug is given the gift of acceptance and unconditional love.
Aloha, Digital Quilt
The above digital quilt includes four images of my painted fabric, which was inspired by memories of a high school art lesson. We learned to make tapa using a crumpled brown paper bag, brown paint and black India ink.
Tapa was a popular fabric design and one of my favorites when I lived in Hawaii. It still is a popular design today.
This earth tones painted fabric was screaming "Tapa"! I used stencils made from hole punches and cardstock. The thin black lines were made using the side of a plastic card, such as a credit card, and in other areas, by using a brush.
When I painted this, it felt like I was journaling or doodling. I just set out painting one image, one row at a time, and added more images and more rows . . .
. . . until the piece was completed.
Thinking about . . . Mr. Kekauoha, my high school art and music teacher, spending time at the beach with family and friends, the sounds of the waves pounding against the sharp rocks, the fragrance of the pink and white plumerias from the tree in our front yard, sitting on the porch during whale season and waiting for them to make their appearance, waiting for Auntie Gladys to bring her famous brownies, listening to my cousins playing their ukuleles and singing songs . . .
Remembering . . .
No, I don't think you have to be Hawaiian to understand and live the true meaning of "Aloha."
"Alo-o-o-ha, ya'll !"