Milky Way


Curator's Notes

This piece depicts the connection between mother and child. Through nurturing, life-giving love, a bond is fostered that is greater than all the stars.

Each symbol takes inspiration from this love with metaphors from the Milky Way.

Moon + Stars: Representing those individual little moments and exchanges that when viewed as a whole, make up something far greater and and supremely powerful.

Sun + Moon: Together they symbolize an enduring, sustaining, continuous, eternal, day and night, forever-kind-of-love.

Spiral: The Milky Way swirl that fills our sky. In Greek, the name is galaxias kyklos which means "milky circle". Representing the life giving and bonding activity of feeding a child. The spiral shape also symbolizes a winding journey of growth. From something small and tightly wrapped, leading out to endless opportunity and growth.

Archway: This symbol represents home. The safe space wherever mother and child are together. Protective, safe and nurturing.

Connecting circles + wave: The larger circle or sun, represents the mother. Connecting to her younger through a wave of nurturing, love, connection, sustenance and life. The child, tucked within its "home" shape is connected to its mother, also representing the journey from the womb and the physical connection which grows into relational.


Limited edition print. A1: 5 Editions, A2: 10 Editions A3: 15 Editions; Signed and stamped, 2022


Float Mount: The piece is float mounted to highlight the edges of the French cotton paper.

Materials: Each high quality wood frame is custom cut and assembled by hand to match your piece. Hanging hardware is included.

Size: The frame is 3/4" thick with a 1.5" (1" for A3) border around the piece.

A1/A2: Add 4.5" to the L and W for framed dimensions.
A3: Add 3.5" to the L and W for framed dimensions.


Gouache and acrylic on French watercolor paper.


Free shipping within the United States. Unframed orders typically ship within 7 business days. Framed pieces typically ship in 20 business days.

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Tip for Collectors

One of the reasons we love Octavia's prints is that each is unique. Most are small edition, hand signed, numbered, and stamped pieces. Given that most are also printed on French cotton paper, the ink adheres such that it's hard to decipher prints from originals. (View product details above for more info on edition number, materials, etc.).

Octavia Tomyn

Octavia Tomyn’s work explores intimate human relationships, depicting interpersonal connections through figurative body language, elegant linework, and unique symbols. 

Prior to pursuing art full-time in 2018, Octavia was a fashion designer for brands like Marc Jacobs and Christopher Kane in New York and London. Today Octavia’s pieces are highly sought after, with collectors in over 29 countries, in addition to being shown in magazines like Dwell and hotels like the Sofitel.

The artist maintains an extensive commission waitlist but has allotted a handful of monthly slots to Wallace collectors. All custom pieces include a key explaining the metaphors and symbols behind the piece.

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