Workshops and Events
Check out information on our upcoming arts and Tezukuri Handcrafts workshops and special programs listed below.
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Upcoming Workshops and Events
Hawaiian Feather Lei Workshop
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Instructor: Kumu Herman Tachera
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$65 for Center members, $75 for general public
Come learn the art of handcrafting Hawaiian feather lei from Herman Tachera, kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho'omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brought to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian settlers, featherwork capes, lei, helmets and other garments were used primarily by the ali'i (chiefs and nobility) to symbolize status, royalty and lineage. Early Hawaiians believed birds had symbolic spiritual powers and their feathers would imbue garments with additional value and status. Feather lei were traditionally the only feather adornments women of Hawaiian nobility were permitted to create and wear. Today this handicraft tradition has been handed down to modern practitioners of the art. While many feathers traditionally came from local bird species that are now endangered or protected, many modern feather lei crafters use dyed feathers from geese, pheasants and other common birds. Enjoy learning more about the tradition of feather lei and make your own to take home!
About Kumu Herman Tachera
Herman Tachera is the kumu and founder of Hui Lei Hulu O Ho'omau located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a Cultural Practitioner of Hawaiian Feather Art since 1996. He was first introduced to the art of lei hulu by Mikioi Iwamoto and later fell under the mentorship of Paulette Nohealani Kahalepuna, Mary Louise Kaleonahenahe Kekuewa and Michael Vieira. Aunty Mary Lou and Aunty Paulette, the foremost masters of Hawaiian Feather Art gave their acknowledgement and blessings to Herman to teach and perpetuate the Art of Hawaiian Feathers in June of 2007. Herman has taught numerous workshops throughout California, Hawaii, Seattle, Portland, Japan, Taiwan, Ireland and Korea.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Tanabata Holiday Decoration Workshop
Saturday, July 28, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$5-10 Suggested Donation Per Person
Children Ages 5-12 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Advance Registration Required
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 21, 2018
This year the Center will be hosting a crafts workshop to teach you how to construct your very own mini-kusudama kazari (decoration) for the Tanabata Japanese holiday! This workshop is open to all ages to come and decorate their kazari with their own designs and have them displayed in the Center. Come join us and make colorful kazari to celebrate the holiday!
Every year the Tanabata festival is celebrated around the world in commemoration of the stars Orihime (Vega) and Kengyu (Altair), two lovers separated by the Milky Way except for this one night. Originating in China, this romantic story became popular in Japan beginning in the 8th century and is still widely celebrated to this day.
Tanabata means the "7th evening," and is celebrated during the 7th night of the 7th month. Due to Japan's change from the lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar, it is often celebrated on July 7th, but traditionally it is held in August, when the sky is clear and the two stars are closest in the sky. The Tanabata festival is often characterized by writing wishes on colorful strips of paper (tanzaku) onto sprigs of bamboo branches , but another popular decoration is the kusudama, the colorful, round decorations with long strips of paper hung during the festivals. We invite individuals, families, and community organizations to come and construct your very own kusudama! Kusudama will be returned to participants in August following the close of the Tanabata holiday.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Kanzashi Accessory Crafting Workshop
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Instructor: Ajna Kenning
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$40 for Center members, $45 for general public
Kanzashi are hair ornaments used in traditional and modern Japanese hairstyles that are often made from folding fabrics into different ornamental shapes, including flowers and leaves. Learn how to make your own traditional kanzashi accessories from fabrics to be worn with your yukata or kimono, or every day use! This workshop is perfect for those looking to add to their ensemble in time for summer obon season!
Please note that these classes are intended for adults and are not suitable for children.
About Ajna Kenning
Ajna Kenning is a dancer and performance artist originally from Prague in the Czech Republic. Because of her need for hard to find props, costumes and accessories to enhance her performances, she began making them herself. Soon, she was receiving requests from other performers to create props and costume items for them. As the word spread, Ajna found herself devoting more and more time to her growing business. Her clients now include numerous performance artists and dance troupes, as well as businesses and individuals. To learn more about Ajna's work and booking, please visit her website at www.japanesedancesf.com.CLICK HERE TO REGISTER