Toki - Onewa - Moana
Toki - Onewa - Moana
Size: 72 x 40mm
Inspired by the sea, the puhoro style surface pattern featured on this Toki profoundly embodies the ocean's myriad qualities, symbolizing strength, adaptability, and the continuous ebb and flow of life's journey. It represents not only the sea's physical beauty but also its deeper, spiritual significance and the strong connection it holds within te ao Māori.
The Puhoro design is a distinctive and traditional Māori motif often associated with speed, strength, and agility. It is commonly found in Māori carvings and tattooing (ta moko), particularly on the thighs and legs, symbolizing swift movement and endurance. The design is characterized by its intricate, spiraling patterns and wave-like shapes, which are inspired by the movement of water.
Puhoro is often used to mark significant transitions or achievements in a person's life, serving as a visual testament to their resilience, growth, and the support of their whānau (family) and Tūpuna (ancestors).
WB TOI COLLECTIVE
WB Toi Collection represents a fusion of artistic talents, a collaborative effort between Wiremu Barriball and Whare Bidois, two dedicated Māori artists who have committed years to refining and advancing their respective crafts.
Their shared passion for Māori art encompasses a diverse range of skills, spanning Ta Moko, Pounamu/Bone Carving, Graphic Design, Illustration, and more. Together, they embark on a unified journey, driven by a common vision: to explore innovative avenues for the creation and evolution of Māori art. Their goal is to ensure that Māori art remains relevant and adaptable to the ever-evolving landscape of techniques and technologies, not just in the present but for generations to come. They aspire to secure a lasting presence amidst the rapid changes of our dynamic world.
At the heart of their artistic vision lies the seamless integration of modern techniques and cutting-edge technology with the timeless principles and aesthetics of traditional Māori design. This harmonious blend results in the creation of distinctive contemporary artworks that radiate an unparalleled authenticity.
For their inaugural release, they have chosen Onewa as their medium. While perhaps lesser-known to some, Onewa possesses a profound significance within te Ao Māori as a traditional resource. This choice goes beyond mere tradition; it serves as a bridge between the ancient roots of Māori culture and the allure of the modern era. Onewa encapsulates the essence of Māori heritage while offering a contemporary appeal that captivates both past and present.