A culmination of collaborative work between myself, weaving the items for the poster and the creative minds of photographers, editors and designers, I am able to present to you all, posters of the weaving of Guam. I decided to make these posters because of a lack of documentation and availability of Chamorro language materials, in particular in the area of weaving. There are posters which are made by the Depart of Education, Chamorro Studies Division, but they aren’t necessarily available to the public (from what I can tell). So here I present to you my passion, i tinifok ManChamoru (the weaving of the Chamorros)!
Currently (as of 26MAY2015) we have the following poster available:
Mandikike’ na Tinifok Siha – Small Woven Items, which contains 19 different woven items, with Chamorro and English names! A great teaching aid for teachers and parents alike! This poster is available in two sizes at this time, 13in. x 19in. and 24in. x 36in. Please click the link above to visit my Etsy page to purchase! Si Yu’os Må’åse’ for your continued support!
On March 26, 2015, I along with Master of Body Ornamentation Julie “Jill” Q. Benavente departed Guam for California to display our work and hold workshops on behalf of the Guam Council of the Arts and Humanities (CAHA – www.guamcaha.org ) to spread awareness and showcase a small portion of the works which will be exhibited at the 12th Annual Festival of the Pacific Arts (FestPac – www.guamfestpac2016.com ) which will be hosted on Guam from May 22 to June 4, 2016. We arrived in Los Angeles and were interviewed on the BBQ Show, a radio show on Dash Radio; an Internet based radio station. After talking about our work as Guam based Chamoru artisans and discussing FestPac we headed down to San Diego to get settled and prepare for the Che’lu San Diego (www.chelusd.org ) Chamorro Cultural Festival which was held at California State University San Marcos on March 28, 2015. I displayed my woven items and talked story with many Chamorros from young to many years young. It was an exciting time to display my wares and to hold workshops. I was able to snag three people into attending my workshop and I taught them how to weave åkgak bracelets and birds. Afterwards we headed back to National City and prepared to showcase our work and hold workshops over the next two days at the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club (SDGC – www.sdguamclubinc.org ). I taught two people there who were going to share the knowledge they learned with their dance troupe Uno Hit. I was pretty excited that they wanted to learn how to weave in order to share with their friends and families! Overall the trip was enjoyable and fulfilling, and I’d do it all over again!
Si Yu’os Ma’åse’ for all those who I met and connected with and to those who took the time to learn a little of my craft and share it with those who couldn’t attend the workshops. And a dånkolo na Si Yu’os Ma’åse’ to United Airlines, CAHA and the FestPac committee for making my participation in this possible. BIBA!!!
To see photos of this event check out my Instagram and Facebook pages!
Just a collection of photos taken by/of me and my work in San Diego at the end of March. I was sent there by CAHA (Guam…
Posted by Ginen Guåhan on Sunday, April 5, 2015
Buenas yan Saludu todu hamyo! Greetings to you all!
2014 has been a great year for me and Ginen Guåhan, working with several other weavers and collaborating with artists of other mediums! The year panned out with exciting new creations, several shows and the opportunity to be involved in several festivals. Just to name a few of the artists of who I worked with:
Amber Word of Blue Amber Trio (facebook page)
Sandrine of Chamoritta Swimwear (facebook page)
Farm to Table Guam Corp. (facebook page)
and there are many others that I didn’t list, but these are just a handful of the ones.
2015 proves to be another busy busy year as I and every other artist, artisan and craftsperson on the island prepares for the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 which will be hosted on Guam! Look forward to that from May 22nd to the 4th of June, 2016!
Another item of interest is the publication of my first book in a series, for weaving! Keep your eyes peeled for this one, as it should prove to be a valuable resource for those that may not be on island or do not have access to a weaving instructor.
And lastly, for this year, minus all the events, shows and workshops that I will be doing or participating in, the most important event I will be doing this year is my Artist Residency at the Art Haus Solomon Islands in June, 2015. This residency will allow me to share the Chamorro culture with our brothers and sisters to the south in the Solomon Islands. I will be spending a few weeks there teaching weaving to the wonderful people to our south. It is such an honor to be selected among the many talented people who applied and disciplines which were to choose from.
Si Yu’os Må’åse’ for your support over this last year, and I hope to see you around!
On August 13, 2014, I was asked by two very close friends of mine if I could weave some headbands for the opening ceremonies at Sågan Kotturan Chamoru – Chamoru Cultural Center. I obliged, and one of them jokingly said, weave 300! I wasn’t too sure about that, but a more reasonable number of 150 was suggested by my other friend. I agreed that 150 was a more realistic and achievable goal haha. So here are a few pics of the evening as it progressed. 😀 Delirium set in as the sun started rising lol. A big thank you to my friend Lori for helping me on a midnight weaving session and Celeste, Ian and Jonathan for assisting with procuring materials.
The beginnings of a 11 hour weaving session, with an hour break somewhere in the middle. haha We’re starting at midnight YAY!
Here we have about 40 or so finished. It’s still dark!
Finished the first batch, which was about 75, starting on batch #2… It’s daylight now.
Up close pic of the headbands.
Lori and I completed 131 headbands. Just shy of the 150 mark by 19. We ran out of coconut leaves, and steam. Zzzz..
In the end…. I was attacked by headbands!