Garlands

Art for life ✿ The hanging garlands of Pompeii according to Dylan Rogers - We talk to Dylan Rogers about his discovery of the true significance of the garlands that feature in Pompeii murals.
COVID: An opportunity for the handicraft sector in the long run? - LOkesh Ghai interviews artisans and finds there is more to consider than the immediate problem. This includes challenges but also a Garland of Hope and Wisdom.
Despite Lei Day cancellations, the spirit of aloha lives on - Like other events, Lei Day celebrations have been cancelled in Hawaii, but Lachlan Blain finds that the spirit of aloha will find a temporary home on mailboxes.
We need a “Great Addition Theory”: A response to Christchurch - We need to confront the idea that cultural contact is a zero-sum game.
Male: The act of flowers - Krishan Rajapakshe pays homage to the garland-makers of Indian with his camera.
How to make a life out of lei-making: Lauren Shearer - Our attention was caught by the work of Lauren Liana Shearer, who lives in the Hawaiian island of Maui. Our online exhibition of lei-making was limited mostly to artists working in Aotearoa New Zealand. It seemed important here to take our more grounded view of how a floral artist in Hawaii makes a life out of her work.
Where did all the flowers go? Tamil festivals in Mauritius - Veemanda Curpen finds new Mauritian approaches to constructing floats for Tamil festivals
Na noqu salusalu: Garlands in Fiji - Tarisi Vundilo describes the meaning of the salusalu, reflecting the power of the maternal aunt (nei)
Te Moana a nui a Kiwa: A sōlevu - ‘Ei. Kahoa. Lei. Salusalu. Ula. A gift. A reward. A signpost. A family portrait. An in-joke. A map. A foundation. Shifting demographics. Muscle memory. Talanoa. A memoir. A souvenir. A privilege. A laugh. A prototype. A process. A crossing. Te Moana nui a Kiwa’s garland landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand is, to borrow a line from singer Deborah Conway, “alive and brilliant”. This exhibition considers the evolution of adornment made by artists of Moana nui a Kiwa and Māori descent based mostly in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Artists were invited to submit images of existing and newly created ‘ei, kahoa, lei, salusalu, and ula using traditional Moana nui a Kiwa techniques and new materials. Traditional organic adornments are temporary and are […]
Tending relations: Lisa Reihana’s lei epic - Tessa Laird takes a serious look at the cliché of the Pacific lei through the work of Lisa Reihana and her own experience as a wedding guest.
Contemporary lei and body adornment from the Torres Strait Islands - Simone LeAmon travels to the islands of the Torres Straits to commission contemporary leis for the National Gallery of Victoria.
Mala: The floral garlands of India - Mitraja Bais explores the meaning of the garland that pervades life in India.
A Shanghai lei over: the plastic jewellery of Lauren Simeoni - Katharine Ahern follows the debut Lauren Simeoni's plastic leis into China.
The lei, the garland and the daisy chain - Fran Allison follows a path towards the Pacific lei via the European garland and doily
Garland in a Trumped-up world - We're planning to look what some identify as "post-capitalism", in particular the emergence of the sharing economy and decline of consumerism. In line with our commitment to explore "the story behind", we want to go beyond theory to develop some practical models: how can a life making objects today be sustained outside the market? We will evaluate alternatives such as craft libraries, social objects, traditional gift exchange and 3D printing. In the end, we hope to share responses to declining employment that are more constructive than building walls or expelling foreigners.
Lei in contemporary Pacific cultural practice, by Simone LeAmon - Recipient of the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association, Elizabeth Summons Curatorial Scholarship, Simone LeAmon NGV Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture travelled through the Pacific nations of New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji in December 2015 to meet artists and identify leis for inclusion in the exhibition Art of the Pacific, a new display from the NGV’s collection of Oceanic art. Leading to some extraordinary finds and the acquisition of twenty-five compelling works, Garland asked Simone to share news of her research and Pacific adventure. There is no substitute for on the ground curatorial research. The act of locating oneself in the field to observe and gather information first-hand is simply the most effective way of gaining insight into […]
The fragrant myth of Parijat - Our special garland for #3 With Nature was devised by Tanya Dutt, who swapped an Indian summer for a bone-chilling Melbourne winter to help produce this issue.
A new garland for Fiji - The garland as a symbol of welcome is particularly strong in the Pacific. The role of the broader Pacific community is especially important when someone is devastated by a natural tragedy, as occurred with Cyclone Winston on 14 February 2016. It’s natural that we turn to the garland as a source of support at this time.  This is a statement by Johanna Beasley (Visual Arts Coordinator at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, Suva, Fiji): Cyclone Winston Salusalu (Fijian Garland) The day after the cyclone the silence was frightening. The wind no longer howled and it seemed the world had a curfew, not just Suva. I was fortunate I had a roof over my head . My garden was […]
Thailand residency: A string of flowers – a sequence of events - "The freshness of the flowers is also key to the beauty of a Phuang Malai and I was also told you should not smell the Malai as the scent is reserved for the receiver." Jess Dare takes up a residency in Thailand to understand the culture of the garland. She faces a dilemma. How can a jeweller, how makes works of lasting value, respond to the culture of the garland which is so ephemeral?
Ned Kelly in bloom - Jacqui Stockdale’s photographic series for the Adelaide Biennial is a homage to the anti-hero, Ned Kelly and the folkloric narrative  surrounding 19th century Australia. features a group of bushrangers led by Ned Kelly, who confronted police for his land stand in the northern Victorian town of Glenrowan, 1880. Kelly is often rendered very simply by a slit through which his eyes could see out of a hand-made iron helmet. As a homage to one of Australia’s most famous icons, this heroic act, Stockdale creates her own version, inventing a surreal slitted mask adorned with flowers. adorns his helmet with flowers. She tells the story of how the work was made. When I was first inspired to make a series based […]
Happy Vasant Panchami - Garland magazine is very pleased to share this harvest celebration with some tips about how to enjoy the Vasant Panchami festival. ✿ We’re grateful to our subscribers for supporting this platform. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to join the circle and share the inspiration. ✿