Ohi Ai by Isabella Sinclair
These superb facsimiles of original 19th century chromolithographs were first printed by Leighton Brothers Printers and published by Low, Marston, & Rivington for Isabella Sinclair’s, INDIGENOUS FLOWERS OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, in 1885. Isabella Sinclair, the author and illustrator of the first book of Hawaiian flora, warned of coming disaster. “The Hawaiian flora seems to grow in an easy, careless way,” she wrote, “which, though pleasingly artistic, and well adapted to what may be termed the natural state of the islands, will not long survive the invasions of foreign plants and changed conditions. Forest fires, animals and agriculture, have so changed the islands, within the last fifty or sixty years, that one can now travel for miles…without finding a single indigenous plant”. The invaders, continued Sinclair, were “spreading as if by magic, and rapidly exterminating much of the native flora.”
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.