Coaster Set • Rainbows and White
Jana Lam hand-printed Coaster Sets are made with love and aloha at the Jana Lam Studio located in the Kaka'ako neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Brighten up your coffee table, dinner table, or desk with these highly absorbent coasters. These double sided sets of four coasters uses four different unique and coordinating prints, two sides in each print!
4 double sided coasters featuring 4 different prints
4.25" x 4.25"
Made in Hawaii, USA
Seaflower Pineapple. The story of this print, one of the most popular in the JANA LAM catalog, is a fun one. One day way back in 2016 Jana created a print specifically for a local boutique in Honolulu. The artwork, a series of leaves and stars, was ready to go; ready to be presented to the client, when Jana happened upon some artwork in photoshop on her computer. On the screen she saw the flowers of the Seaflower print, outlined by a pineapple. Turns out, the rest of the team wasn’t as stoked on the leaves and stars as Jana was, and Megan came up with the idea of combining the two elements. Immediately Jana realized the potential of Megan’s creation, and sat down to draw it freehand. Five minutes later, Seaflower Pineapple was complete, and the rest is history. The original pineapple print in the catalog (now discontinued) had taken probably some weeks to finalize. Jana had worked on so many different versions and finally settled on one after much thought and discussion. Some designs take a lot of work, and others just flow naturally. This one makes her smile because of all the prints it was definitely one of the easiest to make, and it was truly a team effort.
Fan Palm. This wondrously whimsical design was conceived in between dreams and created in the small space right before sleep. An obsession with this wonderful leaf, and little doodles here and there over the course of a month or so became what is now the fan palm print. It’s a little bit Le Petit Prince its a lot bit the new wave of smaller, more intricate Jana Lam prints that made it’s way into the catalog in 2017.
Monstera. What to say about the iconic Monstera Leaf? It is so well loved and used in artwork and design so often that Jana was reluctant to make a print out of it. She wasn’t sure that she could bring something new to the table, and draw it in a uniquely different way. But after what felt like forever, after so many repeated requests, she finally gave it a shot. She thinks it was a pretty successful endeavor with it’s bold style and geometric playfulness. Indeed, it is a design that stands out, and Monstera is one of her favorite prints.
Seaflower. Seaflower is THE ORIGINAL Jana Lam print. Seaflower was the first print Jana made when she moved home to Hawaii from San Francisco in 2010, which was the same year she started her company. It is the print from which everything began. In essence Seaflower was her guinea pig while she figured out how to set up her own studio and screen print on her own. To make this design she used large opaque pens (opaque pens are notoriously leaky and hard to deal with and once you make a mistake there is no going back) and drew directly on a huge piece of tracing paper. Her aim was just to create a simple design that she could use to test out on her screens because she didn’t want to have to deal with getting film made at that point. So she had to draw very large to cover the big piece of trace. The rather giant flowers of the current print have been reworked a bit but they were actually drawn at almost same size that they are now. So in essence, the print remains pretty similar to the original and is unlike almost all of the other prints in the catalog, which were drawn at a smaller scale and done in pencil and then traced over in Micron pen. Funny enough, even though she did a lot of research, drawing, and test-printing, it was never with the idea to make her own products out of the fabric. She didn’t go into screen-printing with the intention to start a business. But she did, and Seaflower, which in the beginning was one of only a few prints (and the standout) that she used for her products, came to encapsulate and define the entire brand. Jana immediately realized that it was the strongest and most singular design of her small collection of prints, and so she used one of the flowers as her trademark and put it in her logo. And that in short, is why Seaflower is the classic, quintessential print of the brand, and still among the most popular designs, (if not the most popular design) in the entire catalog.
All Jana Lam Handmade in Hawaii textiles are silk-screened by hand on cotton fabrics with water-based inks. Coaster sets are made from a 100% cotton in a variety of different fabric styles, and reinforced with fleece interfacing to give the fabric some shape with a soft feel.
The #janalamfam recommends spot cleaning when smaller spots show up. We usually use Shout Wipes for that, but Jana has used tide pens in the past. Make sure if there is a white top print to be a little more gentle on rubbing spots out. Since the ink sits on top of the fabric a bit more than other colors, there is a chance of the ink rubbing off and getting on other parts of the fabric.
But, you can put your Jana Lam's in the wash. We usually use a hand wash cycle and lay flat to dry. After it's dried, it is always good to give it a little bit of an iron. We use 100% cotton fabric, so it may shrink in the dryer, but will definitely stand up to ironing.