weaver ♡ sewist
Meredith Buck is a sewist & Kumu Ulana Lauhala living in Hōlualoa, Hawai'i. Originally born and raised outside of Washington DC, Meredith spent her formative years training as a sewist & patternmaker in and out of the fashion industry, as well as immersing herself in nature & ancestral arts.Meredith came to Hawai'i Island to more deeply understand her 5th generation Japanese and Portuguese cultural roots. She started weaving in May 2017 at Ka Ulu Lauhala O Kona weaving conference, out of curiosity and reverence for this cultural practice. Through the guidance of her kumu ulana, Meredith rapidly gained proficiency, completing her first pāpale (hat) in October 2018. She was designated Kumu Ulana Lauhala in May 2021 by her mentors; Barbara Watanabe, Karen Hasegawa, and Iliahi Anthony.For Meredith, lauhala weaving is Hawai'i futurity. Her mission as a weaver is to support the youngest generation Native Hawaiians as they reclaim and perpetuate this part of their ancestral culture.Meredith graduated Summer 2021 with a BFA in 3D Design and Patternmaking for Fashion from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA and online. You can view her portfolio (here).When she's not weaving, Meredith loves to focus on her healing, relationships, and other hobbies. Knit, crochet, cooking, rest, and gentle movement are soothing to her heart.
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Below are resources that may be helpful for anyone looking to further their practice in ulana lauhala.
The sections are organized by type of resource, with examples included for every island I was able to find. Please feel free to contact me with suggested additions to this list, as well as any technicial issues or updates.
conferences & clubs
Stores & Workshops
~ coming soon ~