Art has the power to transform our world. Just ask artist and designer Leah Santos owner of “all I see is ART.”
Leah creates lightweight laser cut and carved wood jewelry that embodies Hawaiian motifs on high quality, locally sourced and imported wood. Each design has a significant story and tells a little more about the beauty found on Maui where she grew up.
Utilizing natural materials, Leah transforms them by using modern technology to carve intricate designs that emulate the beauty seen in our Hawaiian environment. The blending of art and technology allows her to be creative in an emerging field of fabrication.
Leah left Maui and pursued the field of animated feature films. When she returned home, she yearned to produce creative items in this rich environment. She was introduced to the laser cutter and at first was etching her artistic renderings into wood but then was drawn to create smaller wearable art pieces in the form of jewelry. The woodshop (a subsection of her website) was created to showcase these wearable art pieces and includes earrings, necklaces, keychains, and Aloha cutouts. She also does custom orders, and her product line continues to expand.
According to Leah, “I didn’t realize, before I moved away from home and then returned, that the world around us is an integral part of us and helps to influence our existence. Through hula, I have recently become more aware of how we affect our surrounding environment and in turn, how the surrounding environment affects us as well. In Hawai’i, we are constantly surrounded by beauty that is adapting, changing, and growing, and it became quite obvious to me that everywhere I look, all I see is ART.”
Leah describes her jewelry designs, “My goal with the all i see is Art woodshop was to create small authentic remembrances of island life/culture. I create artistic representations of significant Hawaiian themes that I became familiar with through my study of hula and the Hawaiian language.”
Her wood jewelry is laser cut and carved out of locally sourced Koa, Mahogany, and Bamboo. Imported wood includes Baltic Birch, Maple, Walnut, Cherry, and African Mahogany.
Follow Leah on Facebook and Instagram, visit www.alliseeisart.com/woodshop and definitely attend the 2019 Made in Maui County Festival on November 1st & 2nd, where you’ll have an opportunity to see the plethora of new designs Leah has recently created and be inspired by art.