This Oahu Artist Creates Original Artwork Inspired by Traditional Hawaiian Quilts
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This Oahu Artist Creates Original Artwork Inspired by Traditional Hawaiian Quilts

Photo: Courtesy of Kristen Reyno “Doing new things opens up my eyes and inspires me,” says Kristen Reyno, the artist behind Lola Pilar Hawaii’s Tutu’s Garden Collection, a series of photographs of locally sourced flowers arranged in designs inspired by vintage Hawaiian quilts. The colorful photographic collection, starting at $45 per piece, features simple toned backgrounds allowing the eye to be drawn toward the individual flower details that complete each design. The artist with some of her botanical prints. Born in Kansas but raised in Kailua on Oahu, Reyno received a bachelor of arts in film from Brooks Institute of Photography in 2006 and got her feet wet in the world of professional photography at Quiksilver before returning to the Islands. Inspired by the imaginative females in her family, Reyno launched her own photography business called Lola Pilar Hawaii in 2011. “My grandmothers were all creative women,” says Reyno. “One of them liked to draw flowers, another was an antique dealer and sold dried flower arrangements. My great grandma was a seamstress and made quilts for fun. My husband’s grandma, Lola Pilar, was also a seamstress and made aloha shirts in Los Angeles.” An obsession with Hawaiian quilts, coupled […]

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