Toi Whenua

Investigating what objects could hold memory, whilst still being transportable for the homeless, I looked at blankets, photographs, dog-tags, and tattoo. I decided to design a piece of jewellery that could hold a small mnemonic fragment.

Toi Whenua conceptual drawings

Toi Whenua conceptual drawings

Toi Whenua digital drawings

Toi Whenua digital drawings

Toi Whenua

 

Toi Whenua is a piece of pounamu jewellery that holds mnemonic objects in order to create and carry a feeling a home.

Toi Whenua is a piece of pounamu jewellery that holds mnemonic objects in order to create and carry a feeling a home.

In Māori, ‘toi whenua’ means home. Toi and whenua also have separate meanings. Toi – art, citadel. Whenua – land, earth, placenta.

So, here is an object that holds a small piece of home. It is a piece of art but also a small citadel for holding what is dearest to us.

Toi Whenua is 100mm long and 15mm wide. The lid is kept in place with three rubber rings. Made of pounamu, Toi Whenua keeps memories safe and secure. And whilst the container is not large, it can hold small pieces of mnemonic value such as earth, water, hair, ash, tears, fabric, images, or text.

Toi Whenua doesn’t pretend to provide a home, but it does provide a feeling of home close to the heart.

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