Honolulu, HI, United States
Softly flowing silk veils and clothing designed to ripple with colors, eclectic art wear, and gallery pieces made in Hawaii.
silk dyeing, silk painting, costume design..exploring the ocean and jungles of Hawaii
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Self taught artist. I also work full time as a registered nurse and have two beautiful boys who share the same birthday, but are 12 years apart. I live in Hawaii but love to travel back to Arizona which is a home base and inspiration for some of my colors.
I enjoy dyeing ombres and love to photograph them outdoors in the wind and natural sunlight. Ombres are popular sellers and unfortunately, can be copied by other manufacturers. The paintings I'm creating cannot be copied.
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Jesennia of A'Kai Silks has been creating silk veils for dancers since 1999. She is self taught and created a technique for dyeing ombre colored silk that was especially attractive to dancers and anyone in moving art. Although she enjoys the dyeing process, she also believes that the photos used to feature the silks are every bit as important as the silk itself. Jesennia strives for a photographic approach that is casual using natural sunlight and beautiful outdoor locations (mostly in Hawaii and Arizona). Ombre dyeing is definitely an art form but is considered "easy" and many of the photos of ombre veils have built the colorways and catalog that is still in use this many years later.
A few years ago Jesennia also started experimenting by painting on various types of silk. Her father had taught her oil painting when she was a teenager so the eye for color carried over into painting silks. The painted silk are offered as veils for dancers, and also certain wearable art pieces such as scarves, dresses and ruanas. The paintings are multi-process works and are truly one of a kind. No other artist can duplicate the work. Jesennia is still experimenting with various ways on how to photograph the paintings, since allowing them to flutter in a breeze does not always pick up their intricate subleties.
Jesennia is now in the process of creating panels and wall paintings, colorful abstract art painted on silk and also on canvas boards. Photos will be coming soon. These paintings are more intended for gallery and framed art. Prints will be offered as well.
Jesennia established A'Kai Silks as a brand name to dancers and is now expanding into resort wear, gypsy style clothing, and additional art pieces.
Jesennia is based in Hawaii. If you are a visitor to Hawaii feel free to contact her about a trunk show.
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