Only a year later I started the "Maui Collection" project. I think what was holding me back is that I didn't had a holistic idea of what it is going to be. I only had that one image in mind and creating something with it, as a stand alone piece, felt somehow out of the context.
What inspired me, though it might sound cheesy, is how Hawaii got it's flora and fauna. But when you think of it, it is actually really cool. Hawaiian Islands are one of the most remote islands on Earth. They are right in the middle of Pacific Ocean and there's literally nothing around. And in the very beginning there was absolutely nothing. Each volcanic cone in the chain of the Hawaiian Islands is built of dark, iron-rich/quartz-poor rocks, which poured out of thousands of vents as highly fluid lava, over a period of millions and millions of years. So the way I imagine, it looked exactly like the images above, just this surreal rock in the ocean with no plants or any hint of life.
Hawaii acquired plants and animals only as they arrived on wind and sea currents traveling thousand of miles around the ocean. Relatively few creatures and seeds survived such a long and arduous journey. Once established in the islands however, many developed into multiple unique species that flourished. So if the weather was stronger one day, or a wind would blow a different direction, that one little seed would not make it to Hawaii and everything would be so different today.
When thinking about how it all came to be I started looking at things differently. And now I had an idea. I wanted to transform some of the unique places on Maui, that feel special to me and remind me of that "birth" story, into patterns that can be applied on clothing.