Sunday
Oct122014

A bamboo story

Red ti leaf. Red silk sari. Stripped bamboo. Weave an intention, find your inspiration. Natural Art installation, Big Island, Hawaii. BLKCORAL by Nikole Nelson.

Sunday
Oct122014

Textures in Nature: Hawaii Nei

Photographs by Nikole Nelson.

Thursday
Oct092014

The Grandmother Tree: Island of Hawaii

Sometimes a girl just needs to climb a tree, six acres of off-grid Hilo heaven, ten hands and a creative vision. Scraps. Hundreds and hundreds of tiny silk sari scraps. Tied together over a full moon, woven deep with hopes, dreams and prayers. Five souls sharing in the magic, a meditation to peel away the layers. Here the heartbeat of the aina can be felt pulsing beneath you, ever present and pure love. Welcome to our sacred corner of paradise…HOME. 

BLKCORAL by Nikole Nelson. Art installation. Natural Art. Hakalau, Hawaii.

Thursday
Oct092014

The Blessing: sirena + the sea

BLKCORAL collection for sirena + the sea. Fall into Winter line. The blessing ceremony.

Jewelry, handmade in Hawaii, in the traditional ti leaf lei making style. Each piece blessed in the ocean before leaving our hands. One of a kind wearable sculptures.

To our clan: We are sending you energy filled with mana, abundance, joy and laughter. Wear your pieces well. Make them your own. And above all take time to feel the experience - you are a goddess. Let her roar.

Love and Aloha,

Niki

Wednesday
May012013

Ni'ihau Shell Leis: A May Day Tribute

Intricate patterns, diverse styles and vivid colors of the Ni'ihau shell leis.

Aerial view of Ni'ihau.

Hawaiian Queen Emma wearing multiple strands of Ivory colored Ni'ihau leis.

Shells are first gathered and sorted for color and size.

Each shell is cleaned of debris, pierced and strung.

I own this style and LOVE it. Very sacred to me.

Layered shells form unique texture.

Photograph by Tomas del Amo

As a young girl I was fasinated by the layered shell patterns of the Ni'ihau leis and find myself even more intrigued today. If you have never heard of Ni'ihau your not alone. Nick named The Forbidden Isle visitors to this part of the Hawaiian chain are rare. Privately owned, the Hawaiian traditions, language and culture are still very much alive.

In celebration of May Day we take a moment and pay tribute to the intricate beauty of the Ni'ihau shell lei. Ni'ihau holds some of the greatest shell craftsmen known. The island is very dry and lacks enough rainfall to support the blossoms of the traditional flower lei; the shell lei served as an exquisided substitue. 

I will be forever in awe of the artisans who create these timeless pieces. Their patience is astounding. Those shells are tiny! 

Happy May Day and A hui ho!