In 2020, I shut down Laurie Sumiye Studio due to COVID-19, when Hawaii’s tourism locked down, meant fewer shoppers and travelers. The slow economy in Hawaii meant “pivoting,” so along with the rest of the world, I hunkered down and applied for PPP checks to weather the storm.
I’m happy to say I’m “rested and recovered” and back, with a new logo and new website!
If I had a physical store, I’d greet my old fans, friends and family, near and far from Hawaii with a big ol’ hug (with mask). But in surviving and adapting, I’m switching to becoming a digital enterprise; I rebuilt my website from the ground up using a new platform and provider. Many of my products will not be available in stores, to keep costs down and to ensure the viability for this new version of Laurie Sumiye Studio. Note the url is different too: lauriesumiye.studio (no “dot com”)!
With a brand new line of products featuring my colorful, funky artwork of Native Hawaiian species, many of which are threatened and critically endangered, I hope to share my love of these amazing plants and animals so they find their way into your homes and hearts.
And of course, my popular Native Hawaii Calendars! 2023’s theme is vibrant hibiscuses, blooming with grace and promise. Inspired by the incredible Aloalo, or Native Hawaiian Hibiscuses, some species of which fewer than 100 exist. Proceeds will go to benefit Plant Extinction Program Hawaii, which is caring for endangered native hibiscuses in the wild, and hundreds more rare Hawaiian plants on the edge of disappearing forever.