By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
A model in one of the creations by Jaclyn Mae Santos, featuring her manipulated fabric.
RAW: Natural Born Artists-Honolulu is part of a national community of creatives across the world, with 77 regional communities.
The independent arts organization's mission is to provide emerging independent artists, within the first decade of their career, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.
The organization welcomes all genres of art, including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists, and more, giving the artists a venue to show their work to the greater community.
In Honolulu, that means hosting a series of monthly showcases bringing musicians, visual artists and designers together for a diverse evening of shopping and entertainment.
The most recent showcase brought together a half dozen visual artists, musicians and designers, highlighted by a fashion show featuring recent University of Hawaii APDM graduate Jaclyn Mae Santos, Birdie Girls Creations Roberta "Robyn" Gray-Newman, Glass Eye Arts Shayna Nichols, and Project P Bowties.
Santos was parting with pieces from her cool girl "Alien 2 Alien" collection (if only I were 20 years younger), while also introducing her new direction, which involves dyeing, printing and manipulating fabric. She's just getting warmed up, and showed three pieces, plus a tote bag featuring her hand-block printing. All the designers staged brief, but sassy shows, emceed by Sean Douglas.
The next event takes place 7 to 10 p.m. April 13 at Aloha Beer Co., 580 N. Nimitz Highway. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $10 pre-sale online at http://www.rawartists.org/honolulu, or $15 at the door.
Designer Jaclyn Mae Santos with her models.
Birdie Girls Creations Roberta "Robyn" Gray-Newman with her knit hats and berets. Slouchy and rasta caps are $20, chunky knits are $10, and headbands are $15. Her felt flowers are $5 each, with bulk discounts. Kid's caps are $20.
These boys admire the lampwork pendants of Glass Eye Arts' Shayna Nichols.
Heiko Greb's somewhat sinister-looking tabletop wood-block sculptures.