If you have kids, you may already be familiar with Mariko Merritt’s work. The artist/graphic designer/illustrator has worked on local children’s books such as Hush Little Keiki, Island Toes, and Shave Ice in Hawai‘i.
Merritt, who surfs, is also the illustrator for the official 2017 Honolulu Surf Film Festival design, which is emblazoned on posters and T-shirts. The museum’s senior designer Anjali Lee and theater director Taylour Chang selected her based on a wave poster she had previously created and used that as a jumping off point. Merritt stylized it further and created the groovy 60s-influenced lettering.
“I’ve been going [to the festival] since the very first year,” says Merritt. “I’ve wanted to do the poster ever since that first festival, so it’s pretty cool to finally have that opportunity.” If you haven’t picked one up yet, the posters and T-shirts are available in the Museum Shop throughout July for $24.95.
Also available is Merritt’s Beachcake line of shiny, happy goods such as greeting cards, and ceramic refrigerator magnets and notecard holders. As a bonus just for the Honolulu Surf Film Festival, Merritt has also brought in original surf art in the form of ceramic and mixed-media shadow boxes. Here are just a few examples of what you’ll find through July 30.
Ceramic refrigerator magnets [$10-$25]
Ceramic notecard holders [$30-$40]
Greeting cards [$5]
Surf shadow boxes [$400 – $600]