EARTH (Character / fashion design)

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Earth: Tongariro

This Maori fashion inspired garment is largely influenced by my experience with, and understanding of Maori culture ever since I came to New Zealand.

For this particular piece, I want to focus on the mountain warrior Tongariro. Mt.Tongariro is a compound volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island, carrying deep Maori cultural and spiritual significance. I took the interpretation of the land quite literally by transforming the contour lines of the mountain onto the human body, and incorporated materials such as second hand leather, merino wool, paua shells and flax to demonstrate our connection with the earth. Designed and illustrated by me, on Adobe Illustrator, this concept of a female earth warrior can be used in film and media productions.

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