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By Hadley Nunes

In April Honolulu became one of over seventy cities where Adobe has hosted their Creative Jam sessions—a two part creative experience combining on-site design collaboration with talks given by experts in the art and design field. Twenty artists participated at Lana and were given three hours to create an original design based on the theme ‘Wish You Were Here’ using Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Working in teams of two, the designers were situated inside studio spaces throughout Lana while an audience of over 200 gathered to hear talks given by Hawaii-based graphic and lettering artist Matthew Tapia; freelance photographer Dallas Nagata White; conceptual artist and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii Gaye Chan; and artist and director of 808 Urban John Prime.

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A panel of judges including Founder and Lead Director of POW! WOW! Hawaii Jasper Wong, photographer John Hook, and Ara Feducia of Nella Media along with attendees came together to judge the final designs.

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In a charged moment that tests skill and the powers of collaboration Adobe has streamlined a unique event that brings together education with improvisation. This unique design experience included a live mural by Co-Lead Director of POW! WOW! Hawaii and artist Kamea Hadar with food provided by The C.U.T (Connecting Us Together)—a creative kitchen project created by Lana Lane Studios member Alex Hubbard.

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To learn more about the Honolulu Creative Jam and view some of the work made during the event, check out the Adobe recap here.

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