It’s been a dream of mine to one day visit Hawaiʻi (I know, get in line, Grace). Not only because of the incredible forests, waterfalls and beaches, but because of the strong community of Native Hawaiian artists that I’ve been discovering online lately. This column gives me a wonderful excuse to do deep-dive research on all types of art and artists, and I’m so thrilled to be learning more about the talented artists living on these beautiful islands.
Today, I’m excited to talk more about Maile Andrade, a phenomenally skillful artist who creates mixed-media artwork, fashion and jewelry that explores themes of spirituality, culture, heritage and much more. I love Maile’s use of print and pattern and am so happy to share some of her work here today. I hope you’ll follow the links below to learn more about her artwork and her work at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. xo, grace
Artist: Maile Andrade
About: Maile was born in Mākaha, Oʻahu. After attending Kauaʻi Community College, she received her BA in 1989 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Maile also received her MFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Ceramics/Fiber. Currently, she serves as the Director and Associate Professor at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and teaches Halau o Laka: Native Hawaiian Creative Expression.
Work: Maile is a multi-media artist who works with glass, fibers, metal and other natural materials. Her work aims to explore nature, spirituality, culture and to “challenge the use of native stereotypes and imagining the ‘Native Hawaiian’.” She is very involved in producing her own raw materials and dyes for her artwork. Her work has been shown in galleries across the world.