Q& A WITH CHRISTIE SHINN

HILuxury - - IN THE LOOP - —by Margie Jac­into

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 …

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