These earrings by Nichola are inspired by Hinetakurua, known as the Winter Maiden. This collection is based on different personifications of the elements of winter.
Hinetakurua is personified by the star Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky. Together with Tamanuiterā, Hinetakurua has a number of children, and each of them is connected to the afflictions of winter including frost, snow, cold winds and the hard frozen earth. All of these children are stars that are located near Hinetakurua.
This design is based on Takurua Paewai, one of Hinetakurua and Tamanuiterā's children, she is the personification of frost and sleet.
Inspired by her heritage and upbringing as a woman of Māori and Pakeha descent, Nichola Te Kiri creates jewellery, fashion and homewares for her label Nichola. She believes in the importance of mahi- storytelling, through shared stories the taonga of her work comes alive, creating a unique contemporary Māori Design.
Made out of a coloured gravograph material, wood and finished with silver plated hooks.
Size: 5 x 4 cm (including hoops), x 7 cm
Made in New Zealand