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Join us for Coconut Frond Critters with Lynn Martin Graton.
The tradition of fashioning ornaments and small critters out of coconut leaflets is found throughout the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia. These ornaments are fanciful creations that make wonderful decorations for festive occasions and quick toys for children.
They are most attractive when freshly made and arranged in a bouquet suspended from the midrib of the leaflets. In this class students will learn three forms - a lightning bolt, a star, and a bird. Each one is made using a single leaflet from a fresh coconut frond.
Depending upon the progress of the group, Lynn will demonstrate how to modify the body of the bird to become a crab! Lynn will also explain ways to identify and cut coconut fronds to make more ornaments at home.
Experience with origami is helpful for this class.
There will be an additional $15 supply fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
What to Bring:
- $15 supply fee
- Pocket knife with a downward rounded tip
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Lynn J Martin Graton lives on Hawaiʻi Island and has a background in a variety of artistic mediums. She is currently working primarily in fiber arts – focusing on loom weaving, surface design, and a range of basketry traditions including traditional coconut frond weaving of the Pacific Islands. Lynn has held a number of solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions. Her artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the East-West Center and the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the arts. An active photographer, Lynnʻs images have appeared in a number of exhibitions and publications including the covers of two Smithsonian Folklife Festival program books.
Lynn holds a M. A. Degree in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawai`i Manoa (UHM) with a focus on Pacific art history, received under scholarship from the East-West Center. She holds a B.A. in Art (ceramics and sculpture) and secondary art education certification from the University of Guam. Her career was spent as a folklorist and arts administrator working for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (1983-1998), the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (1998-2014), and the historic Sanborn Mills Farm in central New Hampshire (2014-2019). As a folklorist she curated exhibitions and concerts to honor tradition bearers, produced a number of audio recordings and publications, and oversaw major folklife festival programs including four in connection with the Smithsonian Institutionʻs Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Her last five years at the NH arts council, was spent serving as Executive Director overseeing strategic planning, public art projects, and grants to major nonprofits. https://www.lynnmartingraton.com/
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