Maritime Range

A selection of Maritime designs. All created for large Glass Art and Splash Back. Size can be adjusted and background colour changed. For more options contact vandertouwdesign.


Maori name: Tamure.
Common name: Snapper.
Scientific name: Chrysophrys auratus.

The common name Snapper is derived from the powerful molars that can cause injury to the fingers when careless during fishing. They can live up to 70 years old and the older snapper leave the school and become ‘hermits’. The designs shown are of a 70 year old snapper hence the name ‘Hermit of the Sea’. They are carnivore and are known to be highly adaptable in regards to their food source. All snapper are born female till they attain the age of puberty where some may change into males. When spawning they can form massive schools and during that time they are known to become aggressive. Snapper are a highly sought after fish.

The old snappers no longer take part in large snapper schools but prefer solitude to contemplate their many experiences (and probably near misses!). Let’s give the old ones the peace and solitude they deserve and reserve the younger much snappier one’s for dinner! Large splash back or glass art, can be adjusted to most sizes. 2500mm wide.

TITLE: ‘THE DRAGON’S LAIR’. Pattern of the old snapper. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘OCEAN GOLD’. Patterns on an elderly Snapper. ©Vandertouwdesign 2017.

The patterns on the younger snappers are just as beautiful as shown in the below large glass art/ splash back artworks.

TITLE: ‘FISHERMAN’S DREAM’. Patterns on the younger Snapper. ©Vandertouwdesign2017

TITLE: ‘FOUNTAINS OF LIFE’. Pattern of the younger Snapper. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘OCEAN PARADISE’. Pattern on the young snapper. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘THE NAUTILUS’. Pattern of the young snapper. ©Vandertoudesign2017.


Maori name: Kohikohi.
Common name: Goatfish (‘Red Mullet).
Scientific name: Upeneichthya lineatus.

The commonly known ‘red mullet’ is actually a goatfish. They can be found along the Northern part of New Zealand. In antiquity the goatfish was a most famous and valued fish and even today a much desired delicacy in the Meditaranian area. The ancient Roman aristocrats loved the fish and reared them in ponds. The Greek dedicated thegoatfish to the Goddess Hecate. As shown in the designs goatfish is brightly coloured. The actual fish meat has a pinkish colour and has high levels of omega-3 fatty acid plus iodine, iron and phosphorus.

Regarded as a special delicacy in Europe, in New Zealand the Goatfish only takes it rightful place in the connoisseur kitchen. Stunning red patterns of this highly priced fish. The ancient romans had special pools to contain them.

TITLE: ‘GEM OF THE SEA’. Maritime splash back and glass art. ©Vandertouwdesign2017

TITLE: ‘CHILD OF FORTUNE’. The striking and vibrant patterns of the Kohikohi. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.


Maori name: Patiki.
Common name: Flounder.
Scientific name: Rhombosolea spppatiki.

Flounder are a shallow-water flatfish abundant in harbours, estuaries and muddy bays. Remarkably the flounder is born with two eyes on either side. In a process of metamorphosis one of the eyes migrates to the other side of the head when it reaches the juvenile state. The flounder likes to hide on the ocean floor. As a result both eyes are on the side that is facing up.
In New Zealand Maori legend Tangaroa, God of the Sea, punished the powerful flounder for his bullying and made him flat, small and weak. From then on flounder was caught hiding under the ocean floor.

TITLE: ‘WATER COLOURS’. Patterns of the Flounder, Patiki. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘ALTAR OF LIFE’. Pattern of the Patiki, Flounder. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘WORLD OF WONDER’. Pattern of the Patiki or Flounder. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘AQUA LIGHT’. Patiki to Flounder.©

TITLE: ‘ELEPHANT SKIN’. Patiki or Flounder pattern. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘NEPTUNE’S DOMAIN’. Pattern of the Flounder or Patiki. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘OCEAN WAVES’. Patterns of the Flounder or Patiki. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘THE ARCHITECT’. Patterns of the Patiki or Flounder. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.


Maori name: Kanae (Hopuhopu, Kopuwai).
Common name: Grey Mullet.
Scientific name: Mugil cephalus.

Mullet are best known as a food source and as a bait to catch other fish. Their most outstanding characteristic is probably their ability to escape being caught. They go as far as to leap out of the water in order to avoid entrapment. Mullet are cosmopolitan fish and they are found all over the globe. In Northland (New Zealand) they were particularly desired as a food source by local Maori. Finding their way also into sweet waters they truly are an ocean fish. Another characteristic of the mullet’s adaptability is that they live forever in tanks.

TITLE: ‘ESCAPE ARTIST’. The patterns of the Grey Mullet or Kanae. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.

TITLE: ‘TAKE A LEAP’. Pattern of the Mullet or kanae. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.


Maori name: Araara, Raumarie.
Common name: Trevally.
Scientific name: Pseudocaranx georgianus.

Trevally is a long-lived species (up to 45 years) that lives near the seabed when young, but schools as adults in the open water, where they feed on krill and other plankton. It is common around many parts of the North Island and the top half of the south Island and most abundant at depths of around 80m.

TITLE: ‘TREVALLY DREAMING’. Pattern of the Trevally. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.


Maori name: Kahawai.
Common name: Australian Salmon, Ocean Hunter.
Scientific name: Arippis truth.

Kahawai is a firm silvery blue-green carnivore fish. Kahawai is the Maori name which when translated means ‘brave’ or ‘strong’ (Kaha) and ‘water’ (Wai). They are known to put up a fight when caught and tend to leap out of the water. They are strong swimmers and travel in large schools at great speed (100 miles per hour at all times!) over great distances. They average about 40 to 50 cm but in the coastal waters of Northland they can grow up to 1mtr long. Although great eating when smoked they are not always wanted by fishermen who prefer to catch the snapper. Inspire of their size and energetic life Kahawai become up to 26 years old. Because of their elusive camouflage they are sometimes referred to as a ghost fish. They become invisible long before actually disappearing.

TITLE: ‘TURQUOISE PATHWAY’. Pattern of the Kahawai. ©Vandertouwdesign2017.