This scarf design is filled with different colors from brilliant blues to aqua and turquoise. The bold stingray wings look beautiful when wrapped over the shoulders and feels like a hug from ancestor. I wanted to create a piece that will inspire you to bring out your inner Wayfinder.
SPIRT & STORY
Being part Pacific Islander, I wanted to have symbols to help capture the spirit of this culture to inspire anyone who wears it. With each scarf I give a visual description art print that shows where the symbols are and their meaning within the stingray. One example is the center spiral design. It is the Maori symbol, Koru, meaning new life, growth, strength and peace. Because I hope that it will help you feel that energy when you wear this scarf.
This scarf was a translated piece from my Moana inspired dress that I created for the Geek Couture Fashion Show at SDCC. I named my design “Wayfinder” because creating that dress, pushing myself, learning new things, helped me move past my grief, fear and self doubt I was experiencing after the death of my Grandma. I repurposed the sequins and beads from my grandma’s dresses and incorporated them into my runway dress, to pay homage to both my grandma and Moana’s grandma and the journey she takes.
The stingray scenes in the movie impacted me on such an emotional level that I had to pay tribute to it. I did my best to replicate the first scene where the stingray jumps out of the water and to recreate that with these design. After the fashion show and sharing my story, I was able to connect with so many people and hearing their similar stories helped me understand even more how universal these experiences are in our lives.
Which is what encouraged me to make a ready to wear stingray scarf.
BE A WAYFINDER
Dealing with pain, self doubt, fear or grief is difficult but learning to keep sailing forward helps us when we feel lost at sea. I’m not saying it’s easy and it doesn’t take the pain away, but it helps us grow and reminds us that we have everything already within us to go after the things that call to us.
I want to encourage you with all my heart to keep sailing towards your dreams, because I know you can go far beyond the reef.
Be a wayfinder too.
- Large 55” square design
- Microfiber polyester with a slightly transparent effect
- Hand wash only. Do not dry clean or tumble dry.