artifacts

The Kapa Case

Kapa is the bark cloth made in Hawaii. The display of this in the museum has some miniature kapa sheets I made. Today I made a few ancient kapa beaters which are like small bats, four-sided, with textures on each side.  Here are mine, and the case is now lit!

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Some mini artifacts

My eyes are strained and my hands are permanently stained and glued, but I have made some interesting replicas of the Hawaiian artifacts found in the museums mentioned in this blog. Here are some examples and some of the work involved in getting them done. The most fun was working with miniature gourds (called Tennessee […]

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Hawaiian capes and cloaks

I have started designing artifacts for the miniature Hawaiian museum. The first things are feather capes which are smaller than the cloak that I showed previously. I drew the capes in Adobe Illustrator using photographs of one real cape and a real cloak which I made smaller. The cloak is from the British Museum collection. […]

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Lucky finds at the miniature show

One of the artifacts that I hoped to make for my Hawaiian Culture museum was a miniature replica of a feathered cloak that for years was displayed in the Penn Museum. Here is what the cape (called ‘ahu ‘ula) looked like when it was displayed (see the museum website). Sadly, the entire Polynesia display has […]

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