‘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, human body and fish tail, that lives in lakes and rivers). I thought it would be cool to see what a realistic take on the stylized design would look like. I started making them out of a sculpy (oven baked polymer clay) and then painting them to add some realism.
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