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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-11-25 5:47 pm   Permalink

Right On!
There's some really fun and clever stuff on here!
the Mystery one was based on the miehana mug,no?
Wow...and all made of cardboard..
Folk Art with a Polynesian twist!
Keep em comin!
and thanks for thinking of and posting those pre-digital camera pieces!

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amybean
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Joined: Nov 22, 2009
Posts: 434
From: Alameda, CA
Posted: 2009-11-25 6:33 pm   Permalink

First of all, YES! the Meihana...Anaheim turned around (I saw that in the Tiki Mugs book)
Do you have one? Sadly, it's retired and sold out.

And these pix are all recent shots from my phone cam...I have yet to dig up the old
photos- but I will soon, I promise!





 
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amybean
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Joined: Nov 22, 2009
Posts: 434
From: Alameda, CA
Posted: 2009-11-26 01:39 am   Permalink

Folk Art (served) with a twist



Cardboard workbench converted to electronics zone:






Back of cardboard tiki mask showing battery case (wrapped in paper), Arduino board, wires and LED.
My husband wrote a simple program to make the light glow in a randomly fading pattern so it looks like
a flickering flame is behind the mask.






Prototype hanging out- we'll see how long the 4 AA batteries will last...!






 
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amybean
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Joined: Nov 22, 2009
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From: Alameda, CA
Posted: 2009-12-02 11:29 pm   Permalink

I just posted the show opening info over on CA Events...

Here's a preview of some finished pieces. Positioning the LEDs was tricky!
Most of them flicker like a flame, though some have a weird and random flash or glow of color.




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beadtiki
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Joined: Aug 24, 2007
Posts: 929
From: Bothell, Washington
Posted: 2009-12-03 12:15 am   Permalink

WOW! I really like those mask lamps! Nice and lightweight too I bet. I think it would be great to hardwire a couple of those into my stair wall! My poor hubby has changed that thing out a couple of times now - from a hardwire, to a light socket, back to hardwire!

 
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amybean
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Joined: Nov 22, 2009
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From: Alameda, CA
Posted: 2010-02-16 1:11 pm   Permalink

Well, whaddya know. I sold 10 pieces from the show in Dec, and was asked to do 3 more commissions. Suddenly, I realized I didn't know that much about specific tiki styles or how to communicate what all the variations could be to the clients.

I went back into the awesome Tiki Mugs book and made some sketches and flash cards to determine the style they had asked me for, (and organize my thoughts). Sure enough- they fall squarely into the category of Hawaiian Gods. I tossed an Easter Island dude into the mix for good measure.






Learned a lot building the first batch- next group needs on/off switches added so the batteries last longer, and probably some motion detectors as well. People seemed to really appreciate my take on made up gods and goddesses, as well as an alternative material for construction.

I think copying designs to get my hands working and familiar is an ok place to be for now. Reading up on Hawaiian Mythology as well as
absorbing the visual feasts of Tiki Modern and The Book of Tiki. Drinking more rum.

The final ones will be original designs. Thanks fer lookin'!




 
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leleliz
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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
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From: NorCal
Posted: 2010-02-16 1:17 pm   Permalink

Please take part in the art swap coming up....I would love to get one of your pieces!

 
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Badd Tiki
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Joined: Aug 28, 2008
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Posted: 2010-02-16 1:58 pm   Permalink

Nice works. The lit up piece looks REALLY cool.

 
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-02-17 08:54 am   Permalink

Amy, good to see you're getting out of the kitchen and back into the studio I had just reviewed this thread last week to see what kind of art you had been up to and I like it!

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 5977
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-02-17 6:00 pm   Permalink

Hi Amy, sorry I have not checked your stuff out before now, looks great! really like the Moai to.
I am thinking Art/Cooking/craftsmanship? a correlation there?


 
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amybean
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Joined: Nov 22, 2009
Posts: 434
From: Alameda, CA
Posted: 2010-06-02 6:59 pm   Permalink

Thanks, ya'll! For whatever dum reason, I never got your messages til now. That shrunken head swap was a blast!

Working on a website these days, so my handwork (besides cookin'!) has been slow... in the meantime, I've been offered a
gallery-like, no-strings situation: to cover the walls of my dentists' office with as much tiki art as I want. They have a house in Hawaii, and I'm (as I posted earlier) working on some pieces for them. They thought their patients might like some too. The only existing decorations in the office are a VERY tall and beautiful rubber plant, and 2 salt water tanks with gorgeous fish. Psyched!


 
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Meheadhunter
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From: Wichita KS,
Posted: 2010-06-03 5:25 pm   Permalink

Very cool stuff....so different!!

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2010-06-03 6:49 pm   Permalink

Wow...Amy those look great posted on that wall. What a fun craft...NICE JOB!!!

 
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amybean
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Joined: Nov 22, 2009
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From: Alameda, CA
Posted: 2010-06-04 01:04 am   Permalink

Thanks thanks! I'm working on some plush things, too. Pix soon.

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-06-04 01:23 am   Permalink

Does that make you a plushie or is it Plushophile

 
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