AYA Pacific Northwest Eyewear
All AYA products feature original artwork created by renowned First Nations artist, Corrine Hunt, Canadian co-designer of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic medals. The brand has built a reputation for producing exceptional eyewear crafted from high quality acetates and metals, with features such as leading edge hardware and protective, polarized lenses.
"Put together spectacular landscapes, unique experiences, and a vibrant living culture and you have a remarkable opportunity to thrive in the tourism business. Nowhere can this be more true than with Aboriginal tourism products, of which there are stunning examples across Canada." - Tourism Canada Magazine
"It is truly a wonderful honour to be associated with such a passionate and caring company. At ONEXONE we believe in helping children one by one as well as the power of each individual to make a difference and nowhere is this more apparent than in the partnership we've developed with Claudia Alan/AYA Accessories." - Joey Adler, ONEXONE
What does it mean? Exist, Colorful, Beautiful, Loved, Wisdom, Miracle, Sign
What does it represent?
Charity Information: OneXOne is a non-profit foundation committed to supporting, preserving and improving the lives of children at home in Canada, the United States, and around the world.
Partial proceeds from the sale of all AYA eyewear and accessory items is donated to the OneXOne First Nations nutritious breakfast programs.
Featured Artist - Corrine Hunt World renowned First Nations artist Corrine Hunt was commissioned for the first series of AYA Accessories. Corrine's work has been displayed from Whistler to Singapore. Corrine Hunt has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Kwakiutl and Tlingit heritage for more than 22 years.
Design Information: The First Nation inspired artwork etched on the side arms of the eyewear frames incorporate contemporary, nature-inspired designs including:
Sun The sun represents the healing light from the Creator and is symbolic of nourishment, truth, honesty and clarity.
Eagle The eagle is a symbol of power and intelligence. An eagle will remain with its mate until one of them dies and each pair has a specific territory to which it returns each year. As a result, the eagle is seen as a symbol of loyalty. Eagle down is a symbol of peace and friendship.
Hummingbird The hummingbird symbolizes comfort and healing. It is the spirit bearer of good news. Legend has it that the hummingbird put the twinkle in the stars.
Raven The raven is a symbol of the power of the unknown. The raven is a bringer of light to the world, a guardian of magic, and is cunning and boisterous.
Wolf The wolf represents family togetherness and communication. The wolf mates for life and is the family protector.
Orca or Killer Whale Traveler & Guardian - Symbol of Good
Salmon Dependibility and renewal. A provider.
Frog Spring and new life. Communicator and Stability
Bear Strength, teaching learned humility
Heron Patience, graceful, easy going
Butterfly The butterfly has the ability to accept change, is also a messenger to the First Nations people. The butterfly symbolizes metamorphosis, balance and grace.
Thunderbird The story of the Thunderbird in Native American Mythology is popular among various Native American and First Nations peoples. Thunderbird is a giant supernatural bird who causes thunder and lightning. The Thunderbird represents the carrying out of law and protocol.