Q& A WITH CHRISTIE SHINN
The North Shore artist keeps the “mod” in modern in her paintings and through her new collaboration with LeSportsac. Even before Christie Shinn unpacked her bags for good on O‘ahu's North Shore more than a decade ago, the Canadian—Shinn grew up in Toronto—was long fascinated with surfing, having spent her summers hanging ten on the Great Lakes. Add her knack for painting to her penchant for Hawai‘i's waves, and an island artist's life seemed inevitable for the 37-year-old. Aside from her vibrant “Modern Hawaiiana” paintings of everyday island scenes, Shinn's work has made its way on a different kind of canvas— on the fabric of LeSportsac accessories. Shinn's ALOHA MARKET collection will be exclusive to LeSportsac stores in Hawai‘i in partnership with DFS. This includes the LeSportsac shops inside the airport as well as T Galleria in Waikiki. The limited-edition collection launches in mid-August. You can g find out more at shinnstudio.com. .
Where did you learn how to paint?
As far back as I can remember, creating has been a big part of who I am. I give my grandma the credit for teaching me how to use a brush and mix colors— she was a folk art painter …
What is “Modern Hawaiiana”?
Modern Hawaiiana is a term I use to describe the modern era of Hawai‘i-inspired art and design. The word “Hawaiiana” likely conjures up images of vintage tiki mugs and hula girls. The modern version is still fun and lighthearted but with edgier influences.
How did the LeSportsac collaboration come about?
I was approached by The LeSportsac team because they were looking to do a Hawai‘iinspired print with a local Hawai‘i artist. My process began by taking walks around the neighborhood, collecting photos and sketching. I wanted to create a design inspired by country life in Hawai‘i. I sorted through my sketches and tried to pick out the images that best represented this. The end result was ALOHA MARKET—a print inspired by the roadside fruit and flower stands of the North Shore …