Lei Makers Elua by Gill
These nostalgic images exemplify an era when travel to the islands was enjoyed by only the privileged few who could afford not just the expense, but also the time that such a voyage incurred. These romantic visions hearken back to a period when the steamer trunk was as essential a travel accessory as the overnight bag is today.
The power of these unabashedly sentimental images still evoke sweet reveries of a Hawai‘i that existed only in the imagination of a generation to whom Webley Edwards’ “Hawai‘i Calls” symbolized the “exoticism” of this paradise in the Pacific.
Scores of collectors of Hawaiian Art from the 1930’s – 1950’s have researched the artist “Gill”. To date he or she remains an enigma, as no one has unearthed any information relating to the artist. Notwithstanding, originals by the artist, when they surface, command at least as much as any of the recognized Hawai‘i airbrush artists.
The airbrush graphics although unsigned, are attributable to “Gill”, and have been digitally modified by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd.
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.