tintore [dyer], artist, and curator of Hina Luna
Sprouted in Northern California, now replanted and well rooted on Hawai'i Island, I am a lifelong art maker, nature lover, relic worshipper and adornment enthusiast. My inspiration blooms from the places I call home [including my own ancestral lands], from the practice of everyday personal rituals, and my experience of just being in the world.
Painting and drawing has always been my first love and was the focus of my studies during my school years. It is through my experience as a painter that I became enraptured with color and concept and found that I could express all of the things in my heart and mind through symbolism. When I moved to Hawai’i in 2012, I cultivated my relationship with the plant world, which has deepened and expanded in more ways than I ever could have expected since venturing into the world of plant dyes in 2016. Color, plants, textiles — I feel like I’ve found home in my artistry.
Over the past few years, I have been reweaving the threads that is the tapestry of my own ancestry. Reconnecting to the people who came before me and the lands they hail from has become a guiding light along my journey with Hina Luna.
When I’m not stirring dye pots or block printing, I find joy in creating beautiful meals with humble ingredients, the company of my three black cats, playing in the pasture with my goat companions, and sitting around a pit fire with my partner after a full day tending to the land.