In October of 2016, we were invited to take part in an activation by Hawaiian organisation Temple Children - aiming to strengthen and bridge communities by activating conversation, collaboration and positive change. With each project they connect and support like-minded creatives, fostering innovation by fusing visual arts, food sustainability, adventure and other creative avenues.
Our finished Temple Children artwork is inspired by our recent hands-on immersion in the Waipiʻo Valley, in Hilo, Hawaii where we worked collectively with the Temple Children crew to restore a Taro patch (loʻi) for Pōhāhā I Ka Lani. It is our responsibility to regenerate what we take, allowing the earth to heal from human touch. This artwork celebrates the indigenous papaya (kapoho solo), passionfruit (liliko'i), taro (kalo) and turmeric flower (ʻōlena), with the phrase 'Land of Plenty' layered over imagery of these powerful big island foods. The type is illustrated using topographic linework directly referencing Mauna Kea, framing negative space in which conversations about sustainable food production can continue.
We're excited to call ourselves Temple Children alumni, working together across the planet to nurture sustainable practices and community growth through artwork.
Frank & Mimi. © 2017