meet angela of tui pasifika
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I have been making jewelry/accessories for about 7 years. My first jewelry line was FareFeathers, but I wanted to learn how to cut metal and make completely unique pieces related to my culture. The pieces I make directly correlate to my Polynesian heritage, including folklore, everyday items, and a heavy focus on Samoan tatau (tattoo). I am a printmaker by trade and have also worked with textiles and shared a woodworking business for the past 4 years.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born in Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
Along with the anticipation of going to Hawaii this coming summer, I have been working on larger scale pieces, like wall hangings, as well as natural metal patina techniques.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Drawing (I do not know how I’ve made it this far without being able to draw). Also, I really want to be able to make my own clothes as well as understanding Adobe Illustrator (I, again, do not know how I’ve made it this far).
COFFEE OR TEA?
Coffee (decaf)- it has been a terrible breakup, but I have been caffeine free for about 6 years as to not exacerbate my anxiety disorder.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
My current rotation is Parks & Recreation (again), the Drunken Taoist Podcast, as well as my carefully curated mixes of 90’s music and classic rock.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I was a hula dancer/teacher for 23 years (yay for arthritis at 16)
- I (really) enjoy organizing people’s spaces
- I had a short-lived child modeling/acting career
- I am a vintage tee shirt hound
- I really excel at napping