Aumakua, fiber Art by Linda Watson
Cotton and gold lame fabric, hand sewn, hand appliqued, hand quilted and fringed.
“Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center and seeing the alala up close. I took several photos, but was disappointed to see that I was only able to capture the birds in silhouette. However these silhouettes inspired me to create an appliqued fabric piece. My design was based on the geometric art form of the thangka, a Tibetan Buddhist textile art form that is used as a meditation tool. Because the alala is important in Hawaiian mythology and often serves as an Aumakua (family god or spirit animal) I felt that creating a hanging with a thangka theme was very appropriate.”- Linda Watson