Charlene Tashima and Joel Park are Honoluluís leading makers of contemporary beads: She transforms molten glass into zanily textured totems of a post-modern imagination, while he ekes out classic lines that would befit a Grecian urn.
Charlene Tashima and Joel Park show
their work at the Gallery at Ward
Centre in Honolulu: (808-597-8034)
HH: How did you become bead-makers?
CT: As a gallery owner, I bought beads. Then I found out you could make them.
JP: As an electrician, I already knew metal so it wasnít a stretch to work with glass. My worst fear was becoming a "Beadie" (laughter).
JP: A bead person. You can tell them a mile away by the attention they give to accessories and color. Charlene was wearing daisy-print socks the day we met.
Do your Island roots influence your work?
CT: I would go to the Buddhist church with my grandmother and listen to the Sutras with prayer beads in my hands. There was this one bead, clear in the middle with a figurine of the Buddha inside. It interested me to think something so small could have passed through so many hands.
If you could be any jewelry material, what would you be?
JP: An opal, with all its fire.
CT: The entire glass bead renaissance.