HUMUHUMU HULA GIRL:
This is such a fun piece. The Humuhumu Fish is as iconic of a symbol as the Hula Girl in Hawaii. And when you dive as much as I do, you come to love this colorful fish. Even it’s name is fun to say: humuhumu nukunuku apua’a. Watching them collecting food, swimming together, chasing each other, they bring such delight. So much of a delight I had to create a beautiful piece of cloisonné jewelry.
And the Hula Girl, with her beautiful flowing hair, and her grass skirts swaying is such a graceful impression of the wind and waves on the lovely islands of Hawaii. As an enamel jewelry artist, I felt compelled to celebrate these two Hawaiian images in metal and vitreous enamels, otherwise known as cloisonné jewelry.
Let me tell you about my process. First I enter my painting studio and draw my ideas. Once I have the pen and ink image balanced and complete, I take out my watercolors and paint it, reveling in the color combinations, hues and tones. Once I feel its perfection, I can go to my goldsmith studio and create the 24k gold wire, for this enamel piece. These are laid down in a layer of clear enamel and fire in the kiln to secure them. This process creates the cells in which I will apply the colored enamel grains, 3 grains high at a time. I apply layers upon layers for one piece, sometimes up to 5 or even more, just to get the depth of the colors.
This unique jewelry design is found nowhere else. Being able to create enamel jewelry that is one of a kind gold jewelry is my passion. My other passion is our environment. I have made a pledge to donate a portion of all my proceeds to World Wildlife Fund and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. If you’d like more info on the World Wildlife Fund you can go to this link: https://www.worldwildlife.org. And If you would like more info on American Association for the Advancement of Science, you can go to this link: https://www.aaas.org .