‘Tinned Taniwha’ is an ongoing collection of weird sea creatures based on Maori designs. The idea came to me after my partner was looking for a Pounamu (New Zealand’s green stone) necklace. She kept going back to Manaia designs (it’s a creature from Maori culture worn for a protection. It’s traditionally depicted as a creature with a bird’s head,
The tinned versions are currently on display at the Dark Art Emporium in Long Beach California. I’m planning to make a series of necklace style ones next and then Taniwha Sushi.