Akikiki by Amy Justen
Amy Madrin Justen is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the mediums of watercolor, printmaking, sculpture, video installation and tattoo. A graduate of the School Of The Art Institute of Chicago, she has exhibited her artwork in galleries and museums throughout The United States; while here tattoo work adorns the bodies of thousands of people worldwide. Since her move to the islands in 2012, the culture and botanical diversity of Maui has influenced her work, including her latest series of beautiful Hawaiian birds.
Inspired by the work of naturalist, John James Audobon, Amy’s series of botanical style watercolors include many of the endemic and endangered bird species found only in Hawaii, rarely seen by visitors due to their extreme scarcity, mainly on the slopes of Haleakala. Many of the bird species seen every day at lower altitudes, have been introduced to our islands over time and now call Hawaii home: They include the Japanese White-eye, Common Myna, Java Sparrow, Chestnut Mannikin and the Red Billed Leiothrix.
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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.