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Glass and textiles share a colorful space at a Downtown Art Center exhibit

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Tracy Chan
Downtown Art Center
The Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui and the Glass Fusion Collective in the joint exhibition "Inspirations."

Fiber arts have been growing in popularity over the last five years, as noted by craft organizations, fashion watchers, and even the Wall Street Journal.

Knitting, crocheting, weavings, and sewn objects are taking unusual turns these days. And you can see quality examples now at the "Inspirations" exhibition at the Downtown Art Center.

The show is a collaboration between the Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui and the Glass Fusion Collective.

Weaver Sidney Lynch, co-coordinator of the exhibit, says glass and textiles go well together, with one key thing in common.

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"Color has a lot to do with it. The two mediums are very different — one is cold, glass is cold, and of course, textiles are considered warm. But they're both very colorful, and when you see the show you'll see color is a big link between the two mediums," Lynch said.

"The Handweavers have been able to open a space at the Downtown Art Center. We're offering beginning weaving classes and also batik classes, and all kinds of fiber classes there. This is exciting for us because this is the first time we've had a physical location to offer weaving and textiles," she told Hawaiʻi Public Radio.

"Inspirations” continues at the Downtown Art Center Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Oct. 15.

Noe Tanigawa covers art, culture and ideas for Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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