I was recently sent a few pairs of Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses that each featured a different designed etched on them by artist Corinne Hunt.
Corinne Hunt is a co-designer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Medals and hails from Alert Bay, BC. For more than 22 years she has been creating contemporary art based on the themes and traditions of her First Nations Kwakiutl and Tlingit heritage. Her designs have been added to sunglasses which themselves were designed by Carla Dâ€™Angelo, founder of AYA Eyewear. “Growing up in Australia and Vancouver exposed me to indigenous art from a very young age,” said Dâ€™Angelo.
“My appreciation and interest in the art form continued as an adult and I thought it would be a great idea to bring a fashion item like eyewear together with first nations art. After fifteen years experience designing eyewear collections I looked forward to experimenting with different applications.”
Hunt’s designs featured on the sunglasses include the sun, hummingbird, raven, eagle and wolf. John and I each picked out a pair and have been wearing them non-stop. John has also been stopped on the street at least twice already by people asking about his eyewear.
Aside from the beautiful art along the sides of the sunglasses, partial proceeds from the sale of AYA Eyewear (they do regular glasses as well) support ONEXONE First Nations nutritious breakfast programs.
I have two pairs left to do a giveaway which include aviators (featuring the hummingbird), and a pair of women’s sunglasses (featuring the eagle). Here’s how you can enter to win:
I will draw a winner at the end of the week (Friday, July 23rd).
Update My winners are Mark (@mjgalvani) and Lisa. Congratulations and enjoy your new sunglasses!
Disclosure cmp.ly/2 I was not paid to write this post however we will be keeping our two pairs of sunglasses.